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Dodgers asked Yankees about two star players

  • Jason Whitney

The Dodgers inquired about the Yankees’ CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, before making the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox

Before one of the biggest deals ever took place between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, the Dodger brass made a phone call to the Yankees asking about the availability of CC Sabathia and Mark Teixiera. Obviously the Yankees said no thanks, but imagine had the Yanks made a trade and cut $179 million remaining to both Sabathia and Teixiera. The Dodgers would have quite the payroll.

VIA the New York Post:

The Dodgers essentially found a will and a way to have free agency during a season, and that led to them not only absorbing expensive contracts from the Marlins and Red Sox, but also making a call to the Yankees to inquire about CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, The Post has learned.

But it also is what led to a phone conversation with the Yankees about Sabathia (four years at $99 million left after this season) and Teixeira (four years, $90 million left after this season). The Yanks told Dodgers executives they had no interest in moving either.

An interesting scenario the NYPost suggests, was the potential availability of Alex Rodriguez. Although they quickly dismiss that no trade talk existed between the two clubs about a potential deal, the Dodgers are showing they are not afraid to spend the cash to bring in a high price player. Could the Yanks try to get off the hook this winter from A-Rod’s monster contract?

However, the more interesting concept is Alex Rodriguez. Now there are no signs the Dodgers were interested in A-Rod. Ramirez is playing short now, but they view him as their long-term third baseman with the currently injured Dee Gordon at short. And it is not hard to find executives who think A-Rod would not hold up as an everyday third baseman in the DH-less NL.

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