Rumor: Rangers Prepared to Make Significant Bid for CC Sabathia

Everyone in and around the game expects CC Sabathia to return to the Bronx despite the fact that he has an opt-out in his contract, but if he is willing to skip town the Texas Rangers appear to be poised to offer him a big contract, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York.

“I hear (Texas is) going to throw a boatload of money at (Sabathia),” said the source told ESPN NY, who requested anonymity, “But I think he’ll stay with the Yankees. He’s talked so much about how much he loves New York, and besides, the Yankees can’t afford to lose him from that pitching staff.”

That’s the biggest difference between CC’s current pending opt-out and Alex Rodriguez‘s from a few years back – there is a market for Sabathia where there wasn’t for A-Rod. This is going to force the Yankees to handle the situation much differently.

Where they could hold a hard line back then (or at least pretended to), they can’t do that today. Sabathia is still owed four-years and $92 million, at a minimum it seems like he can tack on an extra 2-3 years at his $23 million per year rate.

The Yankees certainly can’t really afford to let Sabathia walk. As much as some fans would like to see them hold a hardline against him, it really isn’t practical with a rotation full of question marks. There is also the lack of a clear ace-caliber pitcher on the open market this¬† year or next which means the Yankees need Sabathia now as much as ever.

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6 Responses to Rumor: Rangers Prepared to Make Significant Bid for CC Sabathia

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Ugh! I hate overpaying for old, fat guys. If Texas offers him 6 years at $25 mil per, we should counter by offering 5 years at $18 mil per — for C.J. Wilson! And use whatever means necessary to get A-Rod to waive his no-trade clause, trade him to the Marlins maybe, even if means voiding the contract due to admitted steroid use damaging his health.

    • David K. says:

      A lot of us seem to agree that the money would be better spent elsewhere than on a new CC megadeal. We might have to go one year without a bona fide ace, but that doesn't mean we won't make the playoffs and it doesn't mean that our chance of winning the World Series would be any less. Any good pitcher on this team would win 17 or 18 games. Look what Nova did this year! As for playoffs, CC fell on his face the last two years. CJ Wilson can't do any worse.

      • Fred says:

        I don't see how you can possibly say the Yankees wouldn't have less of a chance of winning the World Series without Sabathia.

        If the Yankees didn't have Sabathia this year, they wouldn't have even made the playoffs. He pitched 237 innings and won 19 games. Replace him with a guy that's even a little bit worse and we're in major trouble.

        Crucifying a guy over a bad ALDS is just ridiculous. Especially when his only full start had the most ridiculous strike zone I've ever seen.

        • David K. says:

          They would have slightly less of a chance of winning the WS without CC, true. But I don't think it would be a big difference. We made the playoffs this year despite CC getting belted by the Red Sox in a bunch of games. Even if he had done only slightly better against them, we might have finished even further ahead of the Red Sox than we did. You're right that he did get squeezed badly in his last start but he also gave up that go ahead run in relief the last game. We've now seen two straight playoff flops. All we're saying is that that money is better spent elsewhere if he opts out.

        • It's not only this ALDS, you should take a look in his postseason numbers, except for 2009 everything else has been a disaster during the playoffs fo him.
          If you change the 19 wins for the 16 of Wilson we would be in playoffs anyway, of course Sabathia is better than Wilson but isn't worth it more than what Lee or Halladar are earning