Boras meeting "just a courtesy''

So says a source with knowledge of the meeting between Scott Boras, Hal Steinbrenner and Randy Levine on the subject of Edwin Jackson, the free-agent righthander who is said to be seeking a five-year deal in the neighborhood of $75 million. According to the source, the meeting lasted 25 minutes in between sessions of the owner's meetings in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and had the blessing of GM Brian Cashman, who remained on the job in New York. According to the source, the Yankees still consider Jackson's asking price too high.

"Boras asked for a courtesy meeting and he got it,'' the source said, adding that the Yankees "are no closer to signing Jackson today than before.''