One of my favorite websites, mlbtraderumors.com, posted today that the Rangers are reportedly preparing to give CC Sabathia a huge amount of money if he opts out of his contract with the Yankees. Sabathia has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out of the final 4 years and $92MM on his contract with the Yankees. If he doesn’t opt out, he will be making a big mistake. But why on Earth would someone opt out of 92 million over 4 years? So they can earn a lot more…
Matthew Wallace of ESPN New York first reported this story and said, “Rangers principal owner, president and CEO Nolan Ryan, who does not believe in holding his pitchers to pitch counts, a is known to favor workhorse pitchers and Sabathia…” Well Nolan, one of your top starters, if not your best is going to be a free agent this offseason and Sabathia is a much better pitcher than he is, the starter being CJ Wilson. CJ Wilson is also arguably the best starting pitcher soon to be available on the free agent market and will be second to CC if CC chooses to explore the market.
If CC chooses to do this then not only will he be entertaining huge contracts from the Yankees, but also the Rangers, and possibly the Red Sox and Dodgers. The Red Sox starting pitching is week right now and it might be getting weaker if Dice-K doesn’t heal well and if Lackey doesn’t get back on track. In regards to the Dodgers, if they are able to get a new owner prior to CC signing a deal with a different team, look to them to make a push. While they do need a big bat, they also need another big ace to complement Clayton Kershaw. Keep in mind that when CC signed his deal with New York he reportedly told the Dodgers that he was very interested in signing with them because his family lives in southern California.
However, only time will tell if CC gets the memo. CC will be the best pitcher out there in a very weak market and with a handful of teams looking to land a big pitcher, if CC chooses to journey into the free agent market, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets upwards of 100 million over the next four years.
In other news…
David “Big Papi” Ortiz seems to be upset with how things are unfolding in Boston. In a recent interview he hinted at possibly suiting up in pinstripes come March of 2012. “It’s great from what I hear,” Ortiz said of the Yankees. “It’s a good situation to be involved in. Who doesn’t want to be involved in a great situation where everything goes the right way? “They lost just like we did, they just went to the first round of the playoffs. I ain’t heard nobody coming out killing everybody just because they lost.”
As the Cubs and Red Sox continue to work on nailing down the Theo Epstein deal I am sure that soon to be new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington already has re-signing David Ortiz on the top of his offseason wish list. If the Red Sox lose Ortiz, not only would they lose a big bat in their lineup, but it also wouldn’t help Red Sox nation heal after their collapse this past season. After finishing in third in the AL East, having one of their biggest players sign with their arch-rivals would create a lot of drama in Boston in regards to how trustworthy is the front office and by front office I mean the owners.
On the other hand this could be a good sign. Here is an idea: Albert Pujols is a righty. Adrian Gonzalez is a lefty. See where I am going with this? Start one at first, and DH the other and switch them off depending on the opponent. That way, not only would the Red Sox improve upon the hole David Ortiz might be leaving, but they would also be upgrading their lineup tremendously. Of course there is one problem with this whole plan… money. The Red Sox need to use their money to upgrade their pitching and they will probably want to upgrade that before their hitting. Nevertheless, don’t count them out in the Pujols sweepstakes if Ortiz signs with the Yankees.