They've spent the winter meetings flashing their checkbook.
Then they asked the Brewers to pay part of Mike Cameron's salary.
A Cameron-or-Melky Cabrera deal stalled when the Yankees asked Milwaukee to pick up some of Cameron's $10 million 2009 salary, according to two sources familiar with the talks. Later Thursday, it appeared that the Cameron-for-Cabrera talks had resumed, and a deal was once again possible.
It's possible the Yankees and Brewers could also talk about players other than Cameron.
The Brewers, who have to shed a salary or two to help them sign a free-agent starting pitcher, were dead against paying any of Cameron's money as part of a deal to get Cabrera. The Brewers want to chase a lower-level free-agent starter to replace Sabathia and Ben Sheets, who they will also lose to free agency.
Based on what they've seen this week, the Brewers had no reason to believe mere money would be a problem for the Yankees.
So far, it has been.