Everyone knew the New York Yankees would have money to spend this off-season with Giambi and Pavano coming off the books. We all knew that meant a run at C.C. Sabathia. The Yankees apparently offered Sabathia 6 years at $140 Million on Thursday in the first formal offer after the Brewers offered 5 years at $100 Million to retain Sabathia. Hank Steinbrenner confirmed the offer and stated the team’s intentions to make offers to Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett as well. The Yankees are looking to sure up a rotation that certainly came up short in the 2008 season.
The Yankees’ offer to Sabathia has apparently perturbed Brewers GM Doug Melvin. Melvin can’t understand why the Yankees would offer so much more than the Brewers’ offer when no one else has even jumped in to the bidding war.
The Yankees have not heard back on whether or not C.C. Sabathia will accept their offer.
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2007 Cy Young winner, C.C. Sabathia is headed to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Indians completed the trade with the Brewers on Sunday night, getting four top prospects in return. The deal ends weeks of speculation about where Sabathia and his expiring contract would end up. To land C.C. the Brewers gave up left fielder Matt LaPorta, pitchers Rob Bryson and Zach Jackson and a player to be named later.
For the Brewers the move signals their intent to make a push for the playoffs this season. The Brewers haven’t been to the playoffs since 1982. Milwaukee is currently in a tight race with the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals in the strong NL Central Division. The Brewers and Cardinals both trail the Cubs by 3.5 games.
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