If the Yankees do complete a trade for Santana, Steinbrenner said they would not go beyond a five-year contract extension (one that expires after the 2013 season).
"I wouldn’t do it if it were a six- or seven-year contract," Steinbrenner said. "I wouldn’t go past five, on an extension."
There’s a word for publicly discussing potential negotiations with a player still under contract to another club. It’s on the tip of my tongue. I just can’t think of it. Maybe Murray Chass can help me.