"Bernie's very open to strongly looking at New York and George is interested in having Bernie back," agent Scott Boras said. "We exchanged a lot of information."
Boras met with Steinbrenner at a Cleveland hotel for about 15 minutes and spent about 45 minutes on the telephone with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. Boras then traveled to Atlanta to meet with San Diego Padres officials and pitcher Kevin Brown, and said he will meet this weekend in Atlanta or Miami with officials from another team -- he wouldn't identify which one -- to discuss Williams.
"The marketplace is very aggressive for Bernie," Boras claimed. "He's narrowed his choices to teams he's very comfortable playing for. It's a matter of looking inside the deals and negotiating to the satisfaction of what Bernie feels is appropriate, and going from there."
Boras and Steinbrenner had their first face-to-face meeting over Williams on Thursday. The Yankees, according to a source, offered a $60 million, five-year contract that was rejected.
"We left it that we're going to talk next week," Boras said.
In case Williams chooses to sign elsewhere, the Yankees have been talking with the agents for Albert Belle and Brian Jordan. In addition, they have thought about possible trades for Jim Edmonds, Ray Lankford and Rondell White.
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