Brewers make formal offer to Sabathia

Brewers make CC formal offer

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are the first entrant into the CC Sabathia sweepstakes.

The team submitted its first formal offer to Sabathia's representatives on Saturday, when Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin traveled to California for the General Managers Meetings. The Brewers' offer is believed to be in the neighborhood of $100 million, but Melvin, reached Monday morning, would not discuss specifics, including whether the team had made a four- or five-year offer.

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"We're negotiating," Melvin said. "It's not my responsibility to tell all the other teams what we're offering. There's no benefit to me to do that. We said that we've given him a proposal, and there won't be any other comments on length, dollars, anything."

The Brewers own exclusive negotiating rights with Sabathia through Nov. 13. The southpaw formally filed for free agency on Saturday.

Melvin was not expecting a quick decision from Sabathia and his agent, Greg Genske. Sabathia will be the most sought-after arm on this offseason's free-agent market, and Melvin expects him to test the waters before making any decisions.

Genske, who was also at the GM Meetings, was not immediately available to talk about Sabathia's intentions.

During the Brewers' window of exclusive negotiating rights, other teams can contact Sabathia to show interest and can even discuss the number of years they are willing to offer. But they are forbidden from discussing financial terms.

If Sabathia signs elsewhere, the Brewers would receive two compensatory Draft picks before the end of the second round, because he is a Type A free agent. So is right-hander Ben Sheets, who filed for free agency last week.

The Brewers acquired Sabathia in July from the Indians, and he helped lead the team into the postseason for the first time since 1982. In 17 Brewers starts, Sabathia was 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA. He completed seven of his 17 starts, including the regular-season finale on Sept. 28, a victory that helped clinch the National League Wild Card.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.