Yankees' Wallet is Fat, But So is C.C. Sabathia
C.C. or C.J.? Does it come down to that for the Yankees? We still don't know who's going to the World Series, but the internet is abuzz with speculation about whether the Yankees are going to try to re-sign C.C. Sabathia or Texas Rangers left-handed ace C.J. Wilson — or both.
C.C. is getting $23 million a year for the next four years, and the Rangers had a $91 million payroll last year. Does anyone seriously think they're going to take on a grossly overweight 31-year old for, what, $27 or $28 million a year for three or four seasons?
It's not my money, so I don't care how the Yankees spend it, but I do care how it affects the team. And not only can't Texas afford to pay that kind of money, I don't think anyone else can, either. Well, the Yankees could, but why should they?
The Yanks are in the same situation now as when Alex Rodriguez opted out of his contract and they foolishly chose to pay him more, even though no other team was willing to match what he had been getting.
ESPN.com's Wallace Matthews and other credible writers think there's a good chance that if Sabathia chooses to opt out on his contract the Rangers will make a move for him. I think they're all wrong.
If the Yankees were to say to C.C., in effect, honor the contract or go where you like — or, perhaps, fatten the offer by an additional, oh, $2 million per year just as a gesture — they would still have plenty of money to pursue Wilson, who has won 31 games over the past two years with about the same ERA as Sabathia. Wilson made only $7 million this year with the Rangers. (Would he come to the Bronx for, say, $15 million a year? Yes, I think he would in a New York minute.)
The most intriguing possibility of all is that whatever happens with Sabathia and Wilson, the Yankees will sign Yu. No, not you — but Yu Darvish, the 25-year-old Japanese strikeout ace who currently pitches for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. He's not a soft tosser, like Kei Igawa, and unlike Dice-K, has no known history of arm trouble.
I love this guy's mechanics and whiplash delivery. Take a look at him:
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