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Dodgers: Frank McCourt reached out to CC Sabathia

December 10, 2008 |  5:18 pm

CC Sabathia LAS VEGAS -- Dodgers owner Frank McCourt had “a couple” of phone conversations over the last month with CC Sabathia but never made the free agent pitcher an offer, General Manager Ned Colletti said. The most recent conversation took place around 10 days ago.

“Kind of getting to know each other, I guess,” Colletti said.

Aware of the kind of contract that Sabathia wanted, Colletti said the Dodgers never entered into serious negotiations with him. Sabathia signed a seven-year, $160-million contract with the New York Yankees.

McCourt and Colletti never spoke to Sabathia’s agent, Greg Genske, about signing the All-Star pitcher.

“We weren’t inclined to go six, seven years with the player," Colletti said. "We love the player. We were very interested in the person and the talent, but not in the duration. Much like Manny [Ramirez]. Five years for Manny, four years for Manny, that’s not where our interest lies. We would love to have Manny back, but it would have to be a shorter-term deal than five years, four years.”

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: CC Sabathia. Credit: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press