Maybe. Or maybe he is just playing Minaya for a sucker?
At to George, who knows what he really thinks, but indications are that the Yanks plan to deal with the CF situation next year by going after someone like Pierre as a free agent or trading for someone like AJ. I think George is a little gun shy committing that many years to someone. Last guy they did that was with Giambi...and he blew up on them.
Plus after 05, a lot of salary comes off the books as Brown (15M), Bernie (13 M/option declined), Karsay (5M), Stanton (4M), Quantril (3M), FRod (3M) are all going off the books.