CC “Cashes In His Chips”; Finally, Signs With  Yanks

“CC Sabathia is going to be a Yankee, The NY Post has learned exclusively”   —  [Joel Sherman, New York Post]

 

After three meetings with Brian Cashman this week, the final meeting late last night at CC Sabathia’s home in San Francisco, with CC and his wife Amber, proved to be the charm for the New York Yankees.

As reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, in the early morning hours of the Winter Baseball Meetngs in Las Vegas, CC Sabathia informed Brian Cashman that he has decided that he wants to pitch for the Yankees. The reported deal is for [at least] “Six Years / $140 Million, which is the largest contract ever for a pitcher in baseball history.

Sabathia still must pass a medical physical; so, unless there are some unforeseen issues, this deal is done. CC Sabathia is a Yankee. 

In a lot of ways the signing of Sabathia vindicates the Yankees decision not to make the trade for Johan Santana last year. It would have cost the Yankees at least four players, including some of their top prospects, plus a hugh amount of money, to bring Santana to the Bronx. The Yanks decided to wait a year to sign an “ace” starting pitcher, and the wait was worth it, as CC Sabathia will now be at the top of the Yankees starting rotation for at least the next six years. 

This is the “great news” all us Yankee fans have been waiting to hear for about a month now. Much credit has to be given to Yankees GM, Brian Cashman, and the whole Yankees Organization for making this excellent move happen.

To view CC Sabathia’s lifetime stats, on “baseball-reference.com”, click on:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sabatc.01.shtml 

To view Joel Sherman’s New York Post article, on the CC signing, click on:

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12102008/sports/yankees/yanks_close_in_on_sabathia_deal_143481.htm

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16 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    Very, very exciting news, Jimmy. Especially after all the anxious waiting around. I hope he passes the physical! Also great news that Cashman is back in Vegas and trying to secure more arms for the rotation. Would I love it if he’d make an offer for Teixeira? You bet. But he keeps saying pitching, pitching, pitching.

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Yes, Jane …

    The Yankees signing of CC Sabathia is “Very Exciting” news indeed !!! … I def feel the Yankees “next” focus should be the signing of Mark Teixeira !!! … But, the Yankees still need more starting pitching; and, will make offers to: Derek Lowe; Ben Sheets; and, A.J. Burnett [not more than four years for A.J., though] … At this point, I would want the Yanks to sign: Lowe and Sheets; and, also, bring Andy Pettitte back … This will give the Yanks “six” solid starters: Joba; Wang; CC; Lowe; Sheets; and, Pettitte !!! … Phil Hughes can then start the season at (AAA)-SWB, as insurance, in the case of an injury to one of our starters … This is a very great day for the Yankees Organization, and all Yankee fans !!! … Take care, Jane !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, Julia …

    There hasn’t been much action at these Winter Meetings; but, signing CC Sabathia was the Yankees number one priority this winter, and they finally did work out a deal that will bring him to the Bronx … So, that’s great news for all Yankee fans … But, I still believe signing Mark Teixeira is just as important [as the CC signing] for the Yankees !!! … That’s the next direction the Yanks should focus on — the signing of Tex !!! … You said in your comments, “you really hope the Yankees don’t get Lowe” … Well, Julia, I really hope the Red Sox don’t get Teixeira … If they do, I will graciously congratulate the Red Sox, and Red Sox fans … But, if that day ever comes, it will not be a happy day in the Bronx, or in all of the Yankees Universe !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, brewcrw874, [kastandya] … Thanks for the visit !!!

    Well, I don’t know what to say, except, that I understand the whole “big-market” / “small-market” debate; and, the teams with the most money have a advantage. That’s just the way the free-market system is set-up …. This has been the case, even more so, since the beginning of free-agency in baseball. With the increase of player contracts, the costs to successfully operate a baseball club has become more and more difficult for all teams, especially, the small-market teams … But, I think, every team has an obligation to it’s fans, to use every option possible to constantly try to improve their team … These options include: developing their own players; trades; the signing of free-agents; and, spending money … It may not be the best system, but I don’t know what the solution would be to change the way free-agency is now set-up … As long as each team works within the rules of the current system, they really have no choice but to always look to improve their team by adding the best players possible, by all options available … I guess, all Yankee fans are lucky to have an owner, George Steinbrenner, who always understood how best to use all options available to put the best team possible on the field each year … But, even spending the most money, does not always guarantee a World Championship every year !!! … Anyway, thanks again for the visit, and your comments !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  5. welikeroywelikeroy

    Hey Jimmy thanks for the comment!

    The have offered Burnett something, but it not near to what he is commanding or actually asking for.

    This Ricciardi on Burnett two days ago, below. I don’t think much has changed, but it may have some think with the Sabathia signing. Some think the Jays will aggressively pursue Burnett now that the Yankees have done that. I get it to be honest. We are not waiting on Burnett, he knows where we stand. The offer is less lucritive, but he likes playing here. The players and coaching staff (i.e. Brad Arnsberg his mentor and Jays pitching coach) can be a factor. You never know?

    “We’ve always left it where he knows what he has here in Toronto,” Ricciardi said. “For us to keep talking to him, what could we tell him? He knows about Toronto more than any of the other teams that he’s going to go to.

    “He knows we’re interested and we’ve advised him to go listen to what the other teams have to say, and we’re here. He’s probably still going through that process right now. He knows if he wants to come back and talk to us, we’re here.”

    When Braunecker does eventually sit down with the Blue Jays, he won’t be receiving any five-year contract proposals. On Tuesday, Ricciardi noted that Toronto isn’t willing to offer Burnett a five-year pact of any kind, even ruling out a four-year contract that includes an option for a fifth season.

    “We’re not going to go to five years,” Ricciardi said. “Maybe if some team does that, that would eliminate us. He may find that he has five years somewhere else and he may not even have to come back to us, knowing that we won’t go to five years.”

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  6. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jeremy …

    Thanks, for the update on A.J. Burnett !!! … It would seem, if Burnett really likes playing in Toronto then he should re-sign with the Blue Jays [even if the Blue Jay deal may be slightly less than a deal offered by another team] … It has been reported in some New York media outlets, that the Yankees have offered Burnett, 5 years/$80 Million deal … But, there is still some disagreement, and discussions, in the Yankees Organization concerning offering A.J. a 5th year in this deal … In my view, the Yankees should take the $80 Million they are planning on offering to A.J. Burnett, and use that amount as part of an: 8 year / $184 Million offer to Mark Teixeira, who I think is just as important for the Yankees to sign as was the signing of CC Sabathia !!! … I would not offer Burnett more than a: 4 year/$60 Million deal … Also, the Yankees have other starting pitcher options that they are considering [Lowe; Sheets; Pettitte] that, I think, may be better options for the Yankees to sign this winter !!! … Jeremy, thanks for the visit !!! Jimmy [27NYY], “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  7. redstatebluestate

    Jimmy, looks like the basis of a pretty solid rotation if they can swing either Burnett or Sheets or Lowe or god forbid ALL of them in addition to C.C. In any case, I still say the recession-proof Yankees will find out (like usual) that money and super-stardom can’t always get you to the promised land. How many titles have they won with A-Rod, Matsui, Abreu & Co.? Sorry to be pessimistic… or anti-Yankee… I just like rooting for the little guy 😉
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

  8. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jeff …

    Yeah, with a starting rotation of: CC; Joba; Wang; and, possibly two more top free-agent starters, from the following three: Burnett ? Sheets ? Lowe ? … and, maybe, even the re-signing of Andy Pettitte, the Yankees will have a solid starting pitcher every game, who should deliver at least seven strong innings each start !!! … Jeff, your right, though, the Yankees haven’t won a World Championship since the year 2000 [they did come close in ’01, ’03, ’04] … So, the Yankees Organization may have the “most” money of any team in Baseball; and, are willing to spend the “most” money for the best players in the game, but, that does not always “guarantee” a Word Series victory !!! … Well, we shall see what the 2009 Baseball Season will bring ??? … Thanks for the visit, and, also, “Congratulations”, to you Jeff, and your friend Allen, for the #1 ranking of your blog: “Red State Blue State”, on the 2008 “Top 100” MLBlogs Fan Leaders List !!! Best Wishes, Jimmy [27NYY], “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  9. jimmy27nyy

    Thanks, Mark …

    It’s great to see my mlblog ranked #14 on the “Top 100” MLBlogs Fan List, 2008 … Mark, also, thank you, and all at mlb.com, for all your efforts this past year, that has helped to make the mlb.com / mlblogs “blogging community” a truly great baseball site to be a part of … I look forward to a very exciting year ahead, in 2009, here at mlblogs. “Enjoy The Hot Stove League” … Jimmy [27NYY], “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  10. jimmy27nyy

    Yes, William [NMYF] … You said it all !!!

    CC is in the “house” !!! … Sabathia was the Yankees “number one” priority this winter, and they finally signed him !!! … Hopefully, Mark Tex will be “next” !!! … Thanks for the visit, William … also, “Congratulations” on being on the “Top 100” MLBlogs Fan List !!! Best Wishes, Jimmy [27NYY], “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”

  11. jimmy27nyy

    Nicky,

    Thanks a lot !!! … I’ll talk to you, and the rest of your family, soon !!! … I hope you all had a great “Thanksgiving Day” !!! … Jimmy [27NYY]

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