Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Brewers leading Sabathia race?
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin laughed Monday when asked if his team really was the leader in the C.C. Sabathia Sweepstakes. "Just the same old rumors," Melvin said. ESPN's Buster Olney has ranked the Brewers first among the teams most likely to trade for Cleveland's big lefty, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. Olney cited other team sources and noted that the Brewers have the motivation to make such a move and the prospects to land a big fish such as Sabathia.
If the Crew would go after C.C., it would cost them at least 1 of their star prospects, either Mat Gamle or Matt LaPorta. The Crew will not part with both. Expect a player like Bill Hall, Tony Gywn Jr. and maybe a pitcher to be thrown in the mix as well. Someone like Dave Bush, Zack Jackson, or Brian Shouse could be packaged. The Brewers do in fact have the ammo, but will they be willing to gamble on a pitcher that could even leave at the end of the season.
My guess is that the Brewers are trying to see if C.C. would sign an extension before pulling the trigger. Knowing that Sheets will test the open market, the chance of having him back becomes slim. The Brewers will have a very hard time competing with teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, & even Cubs for his services.
The Brewers would pull the trigger if they can get C.C. signed to an extension. That seems to be the only hold up for now. Expect things to heat up around the All-Star break, especially if the Brewers stay hot.