Sunday, December 07, 2008

More CC Sabathia Winter Meetings Musings

Two writers have expressed their opinions on what pitcher CC Sabathia will do and where he will end up. Thank you to the Boston Globe's THE BUZZ. Read them and then I'll be back with a few syllables. First off is Buster Olney of ESPN. He talks about why Boston reached out to Sabathia and his agent...

"It's unclear whether the Red Sox are seriously interested in trying to compete with the Yankees' $140 million offer to Sabathia, or if they are just doing their due diligence and preparing alternatives in their winter shopping."

And now, Mark Feinsand from the NY Daily News comments on why Sabathia has kept the Yankees waiting more than three weeks after receiving their mammoth offer ($140 million smackaroos)...

"It's very simple. Sabathia clearly doesn't have the Yankees listed first on his list, preferring to pitch in the National League and/or in California. He's waiting to see if the Angels, Dodgers or Giants will get involved before he does anything, but it doesn't mean he's decided he won't wind up in pinstripes.

Peter here. Nobody knows exactly what the thinking process of the portly but effective pitcher might be. I know if I was offered $140,000,000, I would accept it in a heartbeat. Alas, I don't have any talents that are worth that much...Sabathia does. He pitched remarkably well for the Brewers last year, with multiple complete game victories. That lets a team's bullpen get an important day off. That's huge. But maybe he DOES long to be back on the west coast, where his home is. I think the Red Sox have established communication without any interest in signing him. I also think Boston will put up the big bucks and outbid everybody for the services of Mark Teixeira. If that happens, they will have to trade Mikey Lowell (with Lugo??) and shift the versatile Youk to third. They would gain a tremendous force at the plate and in the field. Everything is a positive. AND THEY WILL SIGN VARITEK TO A ONE YEAR DEAL. We'll find out soon enough. Right now (well, when they wake up...it's early), everybody who's anybody in baseball is attending the winter meetings in shiny Las Vegas. Expect the unexpected...soon. I do.

Thanks for stopping in on this early Sunday morning. We had our first measurable snow of the winter in the overnight hours. Granted, it's only one inch, but I can't wait for the sun to peek over the horizon at its steep angle to gaze at the white beauty of the precipitation. There's just something about a fresh snowfall that gets my blood flowing. I think it goes back to high school and the anticipation of snow days, one day vacations from school where sledding and hot chocolate were the norm. Wow, just remembering that makes me smile. I'm older now, but when a big snowstorm is forecast for southern New England, I still get that same excitement. Some things never change, do they?

Click on the title of this post for all the latest Red Sox news, and as always, BE WELL. Shalom. Aloha. See ya.

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