Getting CC makes Peavy happy

See, you guys keep mocking the “obsession“, but I’ll continue to say that “he with the biggest wallet has the most negotation power“. And if your target is happier now that you’ve hooked Sabathia, well, you get this:

If the reports are true that the Yankees will get ace pitcher CC Sabathia, the Yankees just became more attractive to Jake Peavy, but that doesn’t mean Peavy suddenly is clamoring to wear pinstripes.

The Yankees would be more attractive if they get Sabathia,” Peavy’s agent, Barry Axelrod, said going into this week’s winter meetings.

But Axelrod cautioned that Peavy prefers to stay in the National League and that New York isn’t his first choice geographically.

The Cubs and Padres are deep in talks on a Peavy trade. If those talks collapse, the Yankees might become more of a factor.

Maybe you’ve heard me say that a time or twelve.

I’ll clarify my stance one more time, lest there be any confusion. I am concerned about Peavy in the AL East. I am concerned about his arm problems as much as I am with Sheets. But he did win a Cy Young recently and can still be a quality pitcher, especially when he won’t be relied upon as your number one guy. I’m concerned, period.

Picture the Yanks sitting across the table with the Padres after the Cubs deal (theoretically) falls apart, staring Towers in the face…

Cashman: Kevin, we all know you need to dump Peavy’s salary. One quarter of your payroll will be sucked in by this. I’ll send you Melky, Kennedy, Igawa and one other lower level prospect. Kennedy and Igawa will do fine in the NL West.
Towers: C’mon Brian, we’ve been friends for years. Why you doing this to me?
Cashman: Not personal, Kev, just business.
Towers: I don’t like it. Who are those big guys in the corner, anyways?
Cashman: Never mind them. I feel for you; your fans already are backing away and a terrible season looms. But at least this gives you some MLB-ready talent to fill the uniforms. How’s John Moores’ divorce going? As brutal as we hear? Face it, Kev, you have no choice but to take this. It’s the only lifeline you have left. Cubs are out. So are the Cardinals, Angels, Braves, Astros. He doesn’t want to go to Boston or any other AL team. You’ve got this offer or you can bleed cash with a disgruntled Peavy on your roster in April.
Towers: You have no idea. I’ll contact Peavy to approve the trade. You’ll have the paperwork by morning. Hey, come back here with my lunch!

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Sabathia's deal: There's an opt-out

From MLBTradeRumors:

10:14am: Tim Brown and Gordon Edes of Yahoo report that the deal is for $161MM over seven years (which would top Johan’s average annual value).

The deal has an opt-out clause after the first three years, which are worth $69MM. The 31 year-old Sabathia will make his opt-out decision after the 2011 season with four years, $92MM remaining on the deal. He would have to buck the opt-out trend (or renegotiate) to make this more than a three-year, $69MM deal for the Yankees. That is not necessarily a bad thing for them.

Gotta say, if CC performs SO well that he wants to opt out of the remaining four years, that’d be great. Great that the Yanks got three great years. Great that they could be out of the balance of the deal which is where the risk lies. Of course, if he underperforms, well, all bets off. Continue reading Sabathia's deal: There's an opt-out

J.C. Bradbury: Yanks paying what he is worth

For the sabermetric/economists amongst us:

Apparently, CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees have agreed to a seven-year $160 million contract, which is just under $23 million per season. Previously, I had projected Sabathia to be worth $24 million in a six-year deal. (Since I made that initial estimate, I corrected a minor error in my model that resulted in a very slight undervaluing of Sabathia.)

For the next seven years, I have Sabathia valued at just under $26 million a season, so the Yankees are paying about what he is worth.

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Random thought of the day: Manny & The Rays

Was thinking about the big bats out there to be scooped up and Manny came to mind. With the Rays coming off an incredible season, a possible increase in attendance, after years of being among the cheapest teams in the game… wouldn’t it be something it they landed Manny as their DH?

They already have a great OF and they have a need for a big bat as DH. The team seems to be a pretty loose bunch.

Manny thrived in the AL East and would surely love to get some cuts at the Sox in a visiting uniform. We already know he kills the Yanks.

Would this make sense?

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Sabathia vs. AL East

Here are the stats for Sabathia versus his AL East opponents, career:

Versus Boston

  • 7 games
  • 2-4 record, 48.1 IP
  • 3.91 ERA
  • 1.22 WHIP
  • 35 K’s

Career @ FENWAY:

  • 3 games
  • 1-1 record, 23 IP
  • 1 CG
  • 2.35 ERA
  • 1.26 WHIP
  • 12 K’s

Versus Tampa Bay

  • 11 games
  • 7-1 record, 81 IP
  • 2.44 ERA
  • 1.04 WHIP (excl IBB)
  • 73 K’s

Versus Baltimore

  • 9 games
  • 5-0 record, 64.1 IP
  • 2.38 ERA
  • 0.96 WHIP
  • 40 K’s

Versus Toronto

  • 10 games
  • 7-3 record, 67.2 IP
  • 3.46 ERA
  • 1.03 WHIP
  • 64 K’s

And perhaps most amazingly…

Versus NYY

  • 9 games
  • 1-8 record, 49.2 IP
  • 6.16 ERA
  • 1.57 WHIP
  • 32 K’s

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