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Rangers want Sabathia if he exits Yanks

The Rangers are said to be making preparations to put forth a strong bid to sign CC Sabathia if the Yankees ace decides to opt out of his contract, ESPNNewYork.com reported Thursday.

The Rangers are facing the likelihood that starter C.J. Wilson will leave via free agency this winter.

Sabathia, who won 19 games for the Yankees this year, is eligible to opt out of his seven-year, $161 million deal three days after the World Series ends.

The Yankees, Rangers and Sabathia's agent, Greg Genske, did not comment.

Ortiz to Yanks? David Ortiz, noting the unrest in Boston, said he'd have to consider jumping to the rival Yankees, New York's Newsday reported. "That's something I have to think about," he said. "It's great from what I hear. It's a good situation to be involved in." In regard to Boston, Ortiz said, "I don't know if I want to be part of this drama for next year." But the Yankees desire flexibility from their designated hitter spot and might not necessarily want Ortiz, who turns 36 next month.

Comeback players: Lance Berkman of the Cardinals and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox were voted comeback players of the year by MLB.com writers. Ellsbury, who played 18 games in 2010 because of injuries, hit .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs. Berkman hit a combined .248 with 14 homers and 58 RBIs between the Astros and Yankees in 2010. This year, he hit .301 with 31 homers and 94 RBIs.

Rays' Eiland talks with Royals

Rays special assistant Dave Eiland interviewed for the vacant Royals pitching coach job.

Eiland, 45, pitched 10 seasons in the majors, his last three with the Rays, then went into coaching, serving as the Yankees pitching coach from 2008-10. The Zephyrhills product spent this past season as a scout and minor-league instructor with the Rays, though his goal has been to get another big-league coaching job.

The Rays granted permission for him to talk to the Royals. They are seeking a replacement for Bob McClure, who was let go after six seasons.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rangers want Sabathia if he exits Yanks 10/14/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 14, 2011 12:47am]
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