LAS VEGAS -- With no response from top target CC Sabathia, the Yankees have instensified their efforts to sign free-agent starters Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett. The Yankees appear to be considering a five-year proposal for Burnett, who has received strong interest from about a half-dozen teams, including the Braves, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles.
Darek Braunecker, Burnett's agent, met with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman late Monday night.
As for Lowe, the Yankees are negotiating with Lowe's agent, Scott Boras, about a four-year deal for more than $65 million. The Phillies are among several teams that have shown strong interest in Lowe.