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Dodgers not pursuing pitcher CC Sabathia -- yet

December 8, 2008 | 10:36 am

CC Sabathia

LAS VEGAS -- The Dodgers are not currently in pursuit of CC Sabathia, a club source said today at baseball's winter meetings.

Sabathia, the top pitcher available in free agency, would prefer to pitch in his home state of California and in the National League. Yet the Dodgers are not interested -- at least not at this time -- in offering a contract long enough to lure Sabathia.

The source asked not to be named because the person is not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

The Yankees have offered Sabathia six years and $140 million. The Brewers have offered five years and $100 million, but there are conflicting reports about whether Milwaukee has added a sixth year to its offer. The Brewers reportedly are considering the inclusion of an opt-out clause in a six-year offer, similar to the one J.D. Drew used to leave the Dodgers two years into a five-year contract, when agent Scott Boras had determined more money awaited Drew on the open market.

-- Bill Shaikin

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