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Angels were not a player in CC Sabathia sweepstakes, GM Reagins says

December 11, 2008 | 11:10 am

Reagins LAS VEGAS -- The Angels, General Manager Tony Reagins said, were never really "in the ballgame" when it came to negotiations for free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia, who agreed to terms with the New York Yankees on a seven-year, $161-million contract.

The Angels were very interested in Sabathia, and Reagins had several discussions with agent Greg Genske leading up to the winter meetings. The Angels, however, never extended a formal offer to the pitcher, who last week received an initial offer of six years, $140 million from the Yankees.

"We talked to CC's people and made it clear that if the numbers were accurate, we weren't in it," Reagins said this morning before leaving the winter meetings. "Our position with CC was that if the numbers were where they were being reported, and they were, we weren't a player."

-- Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: GM Tony Reagins. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times