19 November 2006
YANKS LOOKING "RICH"
The Yankees have expressed interest in infielder Rich Aurilia, and agent Barry Axelrod said Aurilia could come home -- but not as a utilityman. Axelrod said Aurilia wants to still be a regular player, which he could be with the Yankees if they see him as filling their need for a right-handed-hitting first baseman.
"It's intriguing," Axelrod said yesterday. "He grew up a Yankees fan."
Axelrod said the free-agent process has gone faster than he anticipated with Aurilia and indicated he could sign relatively soon.
"We've had conversations," Axelrod said of the Yankees, "and I would characterize it as sort of open-ended at this point."
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