Olney’s Latest: Yankees, Cashman, Giambi

A few hot stove notes from ESPN’s Buster Olney

  • Olney heard the Yankees’ 2009 payroll will be in the $180MM range, down $29MM or so from this year.
  • The Yankees didn’t need to negotiate dollars with Brian Cashman…it was just a matter of whether he wanted to come back.
  • Olney can see Jason Giambi returning to the A’s "if the money can be worked out."  Does two years, $20MM sound right?  A Giambi signing would either push Daric Barton to the bench or Jack Cust to left field.

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