Back To Their Old Tricks

sabEarlier this morning it was reported that the New York Yankees have signed starter CC Sabathia to a 7 year, $161 million contract.  Good to see the Yankees won’t lose their free-spending ways under Hank and Hal’s new regime.

Sabathia will join Chien-Ming Wang, maybe Andy Pettitte, Joba Chamberlain, and Phil Hughes, unless they sign Derek Lowe or AJ Burnett (or both).  Sabathia carried the Brewers into the playoffs down the stretch, going 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA.  This was after starting 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA with the Cleveland Indians.  Not exactly eye-popping there and Sabathia has lost 10 games or more in five of his eight seasons.

Another point of concern is the number of innings that the soon-to-be 28 year old has already thrown.  In his first eight seasons, he averages 222 innings and had seven complete games in 17 starts for the Brewers down the stretch.  Assuming Sabathia doesn’t opt-out after his third year in the Bronx, there’s no telling how his body will hold up until he’s 35.  Consider me skeptical on this one, but it’s the Yankees, this is what they do.

2855916183_fb4b070161The other big signing yesterday was Francisco Rodriguez signing with the New York Mets.  K-Rod will be 27 next year, and set a record last year with 62 saves.   He’s had at least 40 saves in each of the last four years.  Now, having said that, I don’t like him at all.  I don’t like paying big money to relievers.  I know the Mets have had their bullpen woes down the stretch the last two years, but overpaying for a closer in not the right answer.  I know Billy Wagner is hurt, but he’s been great the last two years.  Is K-Rod really that big of an improvement?  I think the middle relievers are more in need of the upgrade, not a big money closer.

Side note on K-Rod, I talked with a guy this summer who used to work for the Angels.  He said Rodriguez was one of the biggest prima-donnas in the game.  “He’s one of those guys who has to have his hat dry cleaned every day.”  Pair that with his on-field antics and I think you’ll find a fairly unlikeable guy.  Throw that into the Mets clubhouse which hasn’t had the best track record of cohesion, granted it got much better under Jerry Manuel, but still.

Also, Kerry Wood found a new home in Cleveland on a 2-year deal.  Good for him, now that he’s not a Cub, I hope he does well.

Now that two of the bigger free agents have found homes, we may see even more fall into place.  Check out MLBTradeRumors for all the up to date information.

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