Yankees Pitch Sabathia Record Breaking Deal

$140M 6-year offer for southpaw knocks rivals out of the park
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2008 5:41 AM CST
CC Sabathia pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, in Milwaukee.   (AP Photo/Bill Waugh)
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(Newser) – The Yankees opened free-agent season yesterday by offering CC Sabathia the highest bid in major league history for a pitcher, ESPN reports. The 6-year offer for the southpaw, believed to be in the ballpark of $140 million, tops the $137.5 million deal Johan Santana signed with the Mets last season. The Yankees are also planning offers for righty pitchers AJ Burnett and Derek Lowe.