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Yankees Hope For Pettitte

Andy Pettitte remains the Yankees top choice to fill out their rotation, though it remains unclear whether or not the veteran left-hander wants to even pitch for anyone in 2007.

?I?m always looking around,? General Manager Brian Cashman said. ?I don?t have to do anything, but if something makes sense, I will look at it.?

Besides Pettitte and Clemens, the only free-agent starters who interest the Yankees are Ted Lilly and Gil Meche.

Via New York Times

Yankees Win Rights To Igawa With $25 Million Bid

The Hanshin Tigers accepted the New York Yankees offer of about $25 million Tuesday for pitcher Kei Igawa.

The identity of the winning team was disclosed by a baseball official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the commissioner's office had not yet released the information. An official annoucement was scheduled for 8 p.m. EST.

After the bidding closed Monday, the Tigers were informed of the amount of the high bid, but not which team made it. The New York Mets bid about $15 million for Igawa, another baseball official said, also on condition of anonymity.

Via AP

Mussina, Yankees Finalize $23 Million, 2-Year Deal

Mike Mussina has spent six seasons with the Yankees and hasn't won a World Series ring.

"This is the Yankees and we have high expectations," he said Monday after finalizing a $23 million, two-year contract. "We expect to not only be in the playoffs every year but do more than just be one of the last eight teams playing."

Via AP

Bidding Is Closed For Igawa; Yankees, Mets Thought To Be Interested

Bidding for Japanese pitcher Kei Igawa closed on Monday, and the Yankees and Mets were thought to be among the teams that submitted offers.

The Hanshin Tigers made Igawa available for posting this month, and clubs had until 5 p.m. EST on Monday to bid for the right to negotiate a contract with the 27-year-old left-hander.

Via AP

Zaun's Agent In 'Consistent' Contact With Yankees

Gregg Zaun's agent said on Saturday that he has been in "consistent" contact with general manager Brian Cashman.

A handful of teams have expressed interest in Zaun as a starting catcher next season, but agent T.R. Lewis said last night that Zaun has not ruled out signing with the Yankees as Jorge Posada's backup.

Zaun was hoping to re-sign with the Blue Jays to be their starter after three solid years as the backup. But negotiations did not pan out and the Blue Jays are poised to sign Rod Barajas.

Via Newsday

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