Yankees, Mets helped by big money

Published 1:35 am Friday, December 12, 2008

Omar Minaya stepped out of a ballroom, bumped into Dave Dombrowski and received a hearty handshake from the Detroit Tigers general manager.

‘‘Hey, Omar! Congratulations! You’re knocking ’em over,’’ Dombrowski said.

Helps to come in from the Big Apple carrying all those bucks.

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As baseball’s winter meetings broke up Thursday in Las Vegas, the two New York teams went home big winners. Highlighting a hectic week, the Yankees landed pitching prize CC Sabathia, while Minaya and the Mets upgraded their maligned bullpen with All-Star relievers Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz.

‘‘There was no way that I thought I would be able to come here and get both those guys,’’ said Minaya, the Mets’ general manager. ‘‘I think our goals have been met.’’

While teams and agents cleared out quickly following the Rule 5 draft of minor leaguers, San Diego GM Kevin Towers said the Chicago Cubs pulled out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes.

Several small-market clubs struck quiet deals, however.

Kansas City and reliever Kyle Farnsworth reached a preliminary agreement on a $9.25 million, two-year contract. The deal was pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The Royals also agreed to one-year contracts with pitchers Horacio Ramirez ($1.8 million) and Doug Waechter ($640,000).

Minnesota retained versatile infielder Nick Punto with an $8.5 million, two-year deal.

And the Arizona Diamondbacks reached a preliminary agreement with infielder Felipe Lopez on a $3.5 million, one-year contract.