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Melvin says offer to Sabathia is substantial


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin says the offer the club has made to free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia is one the franchise has never come close to offering before.

  Melvin wouldn't disclose details of the offer, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cited a baseball source which said it's $100 million for five years.

  That's more than double the highest contract awarded by the Brewers -- an eight-year, $45 million extension signed by leftfielder Ryan Braun earlier this year.

  The Brewers have exclusive negotiating rights with Sabathia until Nov. 14.

  Melvin says he hasn't received a response to his offer from Sabathia's agency, Legacy Sports Group.

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