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June 16, 2008 at 7:42 am ET
Price for Sabathia just went up

I saw Chien-Ming Wang hobbling home on a base hit by Derek Jeter Sunday and my first thought was “Oh God, no.”

My second thought — the Yankees need and Indians asking price for C.C. Sabathia just skyrocketed.

I hate inter-league play, always have. Yankees vs. Mets is exciting, but it puts American League pitchers at tremendous risk of injury. Remember, some of these guys haven’t been on the basepaths since high school.

Here’s Mike Mussina on the subject.

“American League pitchers are at the most risk, because we don’t hit, we don’t run the bases,” Mussina said. “You get four or five at-bats a year at most, and if you happen to get on base once or twice, you never know. We run in straight lines most of the time. Turning corners, you just don’t do that.”

It is pointless, though, to debate inter-league play. It isn’t going to change, and neither are the DH/no DH rules.

No matter the rules or circumstances, the fact is Wang, the Yankees ace got hurt en route to improving to 8-2. He was pitching his second straight terrific game after suffering through the worst slump of his career. The Yankees are calling the injury a sprained foot for now, but the speculation is that this is very likely a serious Lisfranc injury that will end Wang’s season.

So, of course, the Yankees thoughts have to turn to Sabathia, the Indians Cy Young Award-winning left-hander.

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times analyzed the pros and cons of a deal for Sabathia, and this is part of what he had to say.

The upside is alluring. If the Yankees trade for Sabathia, who is a very large man but has no injury history, they instantly replace one ace with another for 2008 and continue the business of contending for a playoff spot.

They would get a three-month trial run with the best pitcher on the free-agent market, and then they could re-sign him and enter the new ballpark with three ace-type pitchers – Sabathia, Wang and Chamberlain – born in the 1980s. Presumably there would still be some prospects left to fill the other spots in the rotation, and maybe a veteran like Mike Mussina or Andy Pettitte would return for another season.

Since I can’t imagine that the Yankees conceding the season, the likelihood Sabathia will be in pinstripes by mid-summer has increased dramatically.

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5 Responses to “Price for Sabathia just went up”
  1. Rachael W says:

    Yes, but as I see it, there are two potential ways Cleveland could go with making a C.C. trade decision:

    1. We have several team needs to fill (at least one big bat in our lineup, someone reliable for our bullpen), and trading C.C. would hopefully let us fill some of those needs. Besides, letting C.C. walk away at season’s end without getting anything for him would be stupid, stupid, stupid.
    2. Fausto’s injured. Westbrook’s out for the season. With our options at starting pitching now limited and with a lot of season left to play (we could still make a run at the Central), giving up C.C. now could very well take us out of serious contention. Sure, his record’s 5-8 right now, but he’s pitched like last year’s self for his past 10 or so starts. He’s one of two dependable active starters for Cleveland right now (Laffey and Sowers are too young for me to consider them dependable). Do we really want to give that up now?

    There are obviously pros and cons to both decisions. I think it depends on what the Yankees have to offer Cleveland. Honestly, I’m not sure the Yanks have anything right now that would make giving up C.C. worth it — but then again, I have a completely biased opinion.

  2. Ed Valentine says:

    This is a tough call for both sides. If you are Cleveland, though, I think you have to be realistic. Sabathia is not re-signing, and holding him when you can accumulate a few young prospects is foolish.

  3. NYinCalifornia says:

    I hope we don’t trade for Sabathia. As much as we need pitching now, I’d sacrifice the rest of this season instead of making a deal we’ll probably regret next year.

  4. Django says:

    It’s a lisfranc injury, just as anticipated. 6 weeks in a boot, minimum. September is a possibility, but I wouldn’t count on it.


  5. Frank Harris says:

    As a fan of the Brewers there has been much talk of the Brewers aquiring C.C.

    As the lyrics of a famous polka declare ” You can have him, we don’t want him, he’s too fat for us.” True, the man can throw darts, but with his arm comes the rest of his body…which is made primarily of butter. here are some, not all of C.C.’s injury history…..

    This guys muscles are made of butter……

    Apr 6, 2003 – CC Sabathia hyperextended his left elbow Saturday and left the Indians’ 3-1 loss to the Royals. The 22-year-old left-hander was injured on a pitch …

    May 22, 2003 – Indians 4, Tigers 0: CC Sabathia pitched six innings before leaving with a sprained left ankle, and host Cleveland sent Detroit to its ninth shutout loss.

    Apr 23, 2004 – Cleveland Indians ace CC Sabathia was removed from the lineup before his scheduled start Thursday against Kansas City because of a sore left shoulder.

    Sep 17, 2004 – CC Sabathia tweaked his hamstring in the fifth inning of his last start, adding insult to injury. (Tony Dejak/AP). CLEVELAND — CC Sabathia sat in front of his locker and shrugged his shoulders.

    03/07/2005 Manager Eric Wedge received the medical report on ace C.C. Sabathia on Monday afternoon and while the big left-hander isn’t expected to miss much of the ’05 season due to the strained abdominal muscle, he may miss Opening Day in Chicago.

    Apr 3, 2006 C.C. Sabathia, who is expected to anchor the starting rotation, left the season opener after only 2 1/3 innings because of a strained muscle in his right side.

    May 3, 2006 – May 3–CLEVELAND — Two questions were on the minds of Indians fans Tuesday: How would CC Sabathia respond after a month on the disabled list,

    Mar 5, 2007 Sabathia tries to dodge repeat of injury: Tribe pitcher suspects golf might be factor in past muscle strains.

    He’s an out of shape fat guy that is injury prone who can just happen to throw hard.

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