Source: Yankees talk with Carl Crawford

December, 8, 2010
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a long meeting Tuesday night with representatives of Carl Crawford, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

The Yankees are planning to move in a different direction if they do not get Cliff Lee, and Crawford would be a big part of that.

Cashman is on the verge of making Lee a very lucrative offer but is waiting for the green light from the player's agent.

"I'm willing to get serious," said Cashman, who was scheduled to talk with agent Darek Braunecker on Tuesday night.

Cashman said Braunecker is setting the pace of the negotiations so the Yankees must go step for step with him.

However, Andy Pettitte could throw a wrinkle in the Yankees' plans if he retires. A close friend of Pettitte told's Jayson Stark on Tuesday that if Pettitte had to make a decision today on whether to play in 2011, he would still lean toward retirement.

The Yankees haven't pressured Pettitte in any way to make a decision. But they clearly would like to know his plans one way or the other. Pettitte earned $11.75 million this season, and if he isn't coming back, it would both create greater urgency for the Yankees to sign Lee and provide more payroll flexibility that could motivate them to make a serious run at signing Lee and Crawford.

The Angels also are targeting Crawford's services, and multiple sources who have been in contact with the Angels front office told Stark that Crawford remains the team's No. 1 offseason priority -- by far.

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