Yankees Preparing To Make Big Offer To Sabathia Tomorrow
Posted by Mike on November 13, 2008
With free-agency beginning at 12:01 AM tomorrow, the New York Yankees are preparing to make a huge offer to the top player on the market, reports Joel Sherman. The Yankees have set their sights on signing CC Sabathia no matter what the cost. There has been some talk it could be as much as 6-years at $180 Million. Sabathia won’t be the only pitcher the Yankees go after, they could look to sign A.J. Burnett, Derek Lowe, and Ben Sheets as well. They would like to come out with two pitchers, in their hopes of matching up with the Red Sox. And they also will be driving up the Manny Ramirez price tag, but they might rather sign Mark Teixeira instead. With the Yanksopening a new stadium next season, and a lot more revenue coming in, there Yankees will be spending like Patrick Ewing at the Gold Club. More from the NY Post:
But as a friend of Sabathia’s said yesterday, “he is mature enough and realistic enough to know that the Yankees might not make it close. And if it is not close – no matter how much he likes the West Coast and likes hitting – he is not going to walk away from $25 million. This is not rocket science. It is about how much more the Yanks will spend than anybody else.”
One Yankee executive said, “we have to separate ourselves.” Translation: They must divest Sabathia of his dreams of the Pacific and the batter’s box by going to a financial region relatively quickly that no other franchise would even consider, especially in this plummeting economy.
That means a bid north of the six years at $137.5 million the Metsbestowed last year on Johan Santana . My gut says six years at $150 million sounds about right to force league-wide surrender before the bidding really even gets started.