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.