Koo Dae-Sung Signing Just a Precursor

ANAHEIM – The Yankees moved one step closer toward wrapping up their 2005 bullpen on Friday, reportedly reaching a two-year agreement with 35-year-old Korean lefthander Koo Dae-sung.

The deal, which will pay Dae-sung $3 million, isn't exactly the type of choice signing that will scintillate the Bronx. But, hey, the weekend is still young.

The Yankees stroll into town for baseball's Winter Meetings with high hopes that they'll be able to make at least one trip to the podium room, having done their leg-work for most of the preceding weeks.

A deal for Randy Johnson seems out of the question at the moment – maybe the reason Arizona asked for millions upon millions was so that they could dump it in the coffers of Troy Glaus, who inked a $45 million pact with the NL's worst team on Thursday – but the Yankees have backup plans for their starting pitching that include two premier free agents, Carl Pavano and Eric Milton.

A deal is actually closer with Milton, as GM Brian Cashman and his underlings have reportedly inched closer to a three-year deal with the Minnesota Twins hurler.

But don't count out a signing of Pavano as well – the Yankees would be amenable to dealing Javier Vazquez after just one mediocre year, and industry sources confirm that Pavano is likely to choose from one of his eight suitors this weekend.

The righthander, who was 18-8 for the Florida Marlins in 2005, is reportedly in the market to cash in on a four-year contract.

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