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Sabathia To Brewers Trade Official

Posted on: July 7, 2008 9:24 am
Edited on: July 7, 2008 3:32 pm

Let's round up today's C.C. Sabathia links in a fresh post.

  • The Brewers' trade for ace pitcher C.C. Sabathia is official.  As a reminder, the Indians will receive Matt LaPorta, Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and maybe Taylor GreenPaul Hoynes says Michael Brantley could end up the player to be named later instead of Green.  Ken Rosenthal suggests Lorenzo Cain may also still be possible.'s Jonathan Mayo analyzes the prospects received by the Indians.
  • Here's an interesting link.  This is apparently the blog of agent Joshua Kusnick of Double Diamond Sports Management.  Among others, Kusnick represents Cain, Brantley, and Green.  He says Green hasn't been informed of anything but seems more likely to be included than Brantley.
  • Yahoo's Jeff Passan calls the package of players an "OK haul."
  • ESPN's Keith Law agrees, suggesting that Mark Shapiro should've held out for a higher probability return.  He sees Bryson as the key to the deal.  The 20 year-old is a projectable live arm.
  • Joel Sherman says the Brewers aren't done - they want to add a late-inning reliever as well.
  • Indians owner Paul Dolan explains the Sabathia trade in a letter to fans.
  • Rosenthal has details of other teams' attempts to acquire Sabathia.  He says the Dodgers wanted the Indians to package Sabathia with Casey Blake.  Surprisingly, the Yankees were "very heavily involved."  They did not want to give up Phil Hughes, however.
  • Most articles seem to assume that the Brewers have no chance of signing Sabathia.  I agree that it's unlikely, but I wouldn't rule it out.  We've read repeatedly that Sabathia does not intend to chase every last dollar.  What if he loves Milwaukee and he leads the team deep into the playoffs?  The Brewers could let Ben Sheets and Eric Gagne leave and put that money toward a competitive five-year Sabathia offer.  It's not out of the question.

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2008 5:42 am

Sabathia To Brewers Trade Official

sabathia will go 9-0 in his first 9 games and lose his 10th

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2008 1:22 pm

Sabathia To Brewers Trade Official

The indians probably could have done better but I doubt the Yankee's were really involved as rosenthal says.  Byrd could be traded to NY but if the Yanks want CC they will wait for free agency and put together a competitive offer.  The Indians come off an Alcs and now are rebuilding, I am sorry somebody got to lose their job, should be wedge. 

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2008 12:57 pm

Sabathia To Brewers Trade Official

Mark Shapiro has been off lately in terms of valuation of player talent.  Last year, we traded a great prospect, Max Ramirez for Kenny Loften (over valued) and now C.C. Sabathia.  To get one AA prospect is return...that sucks.  Matt LaPorta, at best, might contribute sometime next year.  Zach Jackson is bad.  The Indians should have told the Brewers to keep him.  Rob Bryson may be a good prospect, but he is 3-4 years away along with the PTBNL.  The Indians really needed an MLB ready player in return or at least two AA prospects (Matt LaPorta and Mat Gamel).  If the Indians could not get that, they should have waited another 30 days.  Basically, this trade is C.C. Sabathia for Matt LaPorta straight-up, becuase the Indians would have gotten equal or better prospects in return by letting C.C. Sabathia walk in free agency (two comp draft picks).  Overall, this is a bad sign for Cleveland Indians fans as it looks like Mark Shapiro is about to rebuild again around Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona.  It will probably take the Indians four more years to be competitive again.  Look for Paul Byrd, Casey Blake, Rafael Betancort, Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner to be traded.

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