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"When all the dust settles, this is the place he had the most fun," Cashman said.
When Sabathia reaches an agreement, teams that fail to land him will scramble for other free-agent starters, a group that includes Burnett, Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez.
"No one's told me they're waiting for CC to make a decision. It would make sense that that's how things are being directed, but I don't know if that's the case or not," Cashman said.
That's one of the reason's this offseason's free-agent market and trades have been slow to develop.
"It would be nice to be able to say right now that I feel that we're going to leave here with a deal but I can't honestly represent that," Cashman said. "I'm always a negative guy, anyway, too. Think the worst, hope for the best."
Notes: C Jorge Posada, who had shoulder surgery July 30, began his throwing program Monday in Tampa, Fla. ... Cashman hasn't spoken recently with Pettitte's agents but has exchanged e-mails. "We'd like to have Andy back, and I know he's stated privately and publicly that he'd like to come back. And that usually sets up, you know, the ingredients to get something done at some point," Cashman said. ... Cashman on Robinson Cano: "We plan on having Robby as our second baseman. ... It doesn't mean he can't get traded."
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