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The Cow wrote:General manager Mark Shapiro indicated Monday that the Indians will not trade impending free agent C.C. Sabathia before or during the season.
"I can't present you with a scenario where it's acceptable to us or to our relationship with our fans that involves trading C.C. or examining trading him," Shapiro said. There's been speculation following the recent Johan Santana contract that Sabathia is unlikely to remain in Cleveland beyond this season, but the Indians are apparently prepared to take draft picks if he leaves via free agency rather than attempt a Santana-like trade.
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Well what this says to me is that the Tribe for now plans on holding onto C.C. at least until they fall out of contention if they do. What it also says to me is that the Tribe will not give C.C. away as the Twins did Santana. In other words if you want C.C. then give us something in return because we will take picks instead of garbage prospects.
I do not see the Tribe resigning C.C., he will be traded at the deadline or kept all year and we will get picks. Unless of course somebody that lost out on Johan or Bedard feels like stepping up and getting C.C. Would the Braves, Phillies or Yankees feel the need to deal for C.C.? How about the Angels? In the right scenario we could deal C.C. now, but its doubtful, at the deadline I could see it.
Shapiro saying that he does not see a scenario where we would deal C.C., is a good thing because it means that we won't give the guy away. We are not desperate to deal him.
MTUCache wrote:Tough spot for the management there... on one hand they've got the pieces in place to stay a contender for several years to come. On the other, that means investing a lot more money into aging players and setting yourself up for a steep fall.
I think they either end up paying him Santana-type money for a shorter contract (3 years?), or he refuses and signs somewhere else for Zito-type money and long-term (6+ years).
If I was the management, I'd be willing to give him 20+ for the next three years, but anything further than that and you're really mortgaging your future.
I've got a sneaking suspicion that he ends up in a different uniform after this contract.
The Cow wrote:In other words if you want C.C. then give us something in return because we will take picks instead of garbage prospects.
Matthias wrote:The Cow wrote:In other words if you want C.C. then give us something in return because we will take picks instead of garbage prospects.
No offense, but that's the same thing they were saying over on the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in December.
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