12/08/2008 09:57:00 AM

Cashman (And His World Series Rings) Ready To Gamble In Vegas

Posted by Mark McCray |

Peter Abraham/The Journal News:

Baseball's Winter Meetings get started today at the Bellagio Hotel. But what happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas this time.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman arrived here yesterday, intending to meet with left-hander CC Sabathia. The Yankees offered Sabathia a six-year, $140 million contract on Nov. 14 and have yet to receive an answer.

Cashman left the hotel to have dinner with a large party of team officials and did not stop to answer questions. But others indicated that Cashman was able to conduct some business earlier.

Tellingly, he was wearing a World Series ring. Cashman does not often wear any of his rings, but was perhaps trying to make an impression.

Given Sabathia's importance to their offseason plans, the Yankees are not likely to give him an ultimatum this week. But Cashman does need at least a sense of where Sabathia stands.

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