CC Sabathia Is Yankees Number One Target
Posted by Mike on November 4, 2008
Per Jon Heyman:
Determined to overhaul and upgrade their skimpy starting rotation, the Yankees have made superstar free agent CC Sabathia their top winter target and, once baseball’s quiet period expires, intend to offer him a contract to top the record $137.5 million that the Mets gave Johan Santana last year, according to people familiar with the Yankees’ plans.
The incumbent Brewers extended to Sabathia a very respectable offer for about $100 million, and at least the Dodgers and Angels may also heavily compete for the Vallejo, Calif., native. But baseball people at the general manager meetings here see the Yankees as attempting to blow away the field for Sabathia. Santana’s record deal for a pitcher is over six years.
Sabathia is believed to prefer living in California and playing and hitting in the National League. But it’s also a very rare star free agent who has rejected the highest offer. There’s a divergence of opinion as to what Sabathia will do, but his friend Jimmy Rollins told SI.com last week that he thinks Sabathia will go to the Yankees, and yet another friend of Sabathia’s said on Sunday, “He wants the big stage. He’s not afraid of it at all.”