Monday, July 07, 2008

Sabathia Reaction from Al Gore's Interwebs

So the Brewers are a major player all of a sudden, ten games over .500, leading the Wild Card race and acquiring the biggest fish currently on the free agent market for spare parts (excellent spare parts mind you, but spare none the less). What do to 'tubes think about it?

C.C. Signing Shakes the City
The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club's post-Selig family ownership
continues to make waves in the city, and in Major League baseball, with
its blockbuster deal for C. C. Sabathia, the Cleveland Indians' 2007
American League Cy Young award-winning pitcher.

I love the Brewers' management's risk-taking, go-for-it mentality.

If
only that approach would only rub off on so many other institutions
around here still mired in yesterday's unimaginative
"we've-never-done-it-that-way-before" mindset.

How the "mainstream" is framing it.



Positive/Negative
Good News Is Cy Young Winner Heads To Brew Crew, Bad News Is He's Now Under Ned Yost's Guidance

Rosenthal digs it (thinks the Crew will trade Hardy and Fielder):

The trade also shows how baseball's maligned economic system not
only affords such clubs greater financial flexibility than in the past,
but also allows them to replenish themselves long term.

The
Brewers outbid the Dodgers and Phillies, two high-revenue clubs, for
Sabathia, who will add about $4 million to the Milwaukee payroll. The
Phillies lacked the prospects to top the Brewers' offer. The Dodgers
had the players, but refused to budge for a three-month rental.

To
the victor go the spoils. The Brewers aren't going to mimic the Mets,
who traded for Johan Santana and awarded him a landmark contract. No,
Milwaukee is perfectly content to lose both Sabathia and right-hander
Ben Sheets to free agency this offseason, then accept four premium
draft picks as compensation.

The Sabathia trade continues a
pattern that the Brewers began last year, when they traded three
minor-league pitchers to the Padres for reliever Scott Linebrink, then
gladly settled for two top draft picks when Linebrink left for the
White Sox as a free agent.

The entire industry has seen what the
Brewers can do through scouting and player development — Class AA
outfielder Matt LaPorta, the centerpiece of the Sabathia deal, was the
team's first-round pick in 2007.

As the Brewers' youngsters
continue to evolve, club officials can continue picking and choosing
among their players, using their surpluses to maximum advantage.

Don't
be surprised if the Brewers accelerate their transition this winter by
trading shortstop J.J. Hardy and possibly first baseman Prince Fielder
for multiple high-end prospects.

The demand for shortstops, in
particular, is rising. Hardy, second in OPS only to the Marlins' Hanley
Ramirez among NL shortstops, could bring a quality young starting
pitcher — think Giants right-hander Matt Cain — if he is packaged with
the right youngsters.

The Brewers then could replace Hardy with
Class AA shortstop Alcides Escobar, whom they signed at age 16 as an
international free agent out of Venezuela. Escobar already is
considered a superior defender to Hardy, though he might struggle
offensively for a time.

Fielder, who hit 50 home runs last
season, could be even more coveted in trades than Hardy — the Mets and
Yankees, for example, might prefer to acquire him than sign a free
agent such as Mark Teixeira for countless millions.

The trade of
Fielder on top of Hardy obviously would leave the Brewers offense
short. Then again, the Brewers need not rush: Fielder, represented by
Scott Boras, is unlikely to sign long term, but only entering his first
year of salary arbitration.

Two other Brewers prospects at Class
AA, Mat Gamel and Chris Errecart, loom as potential replacements for
Fielder. By keeping Fielder, the Brewers could buy each player more
developmental time, then act at the moment they deemed appropriate.

Nice little system, isn't it?

Everybody wins...but the Brewers won more.

Congratulations, Milwaukee, on making a bold and canny move that is exactly what you need.


And Chicago, watch your back.

Latino conservatives love it!

My thoughts exactly:

"I'm not gay, but I'd like to kiss Doug Melvin on his mustachioed mouth for pulling this deal off."


It's a great day to be a Brewers fan folks. Ten games over with a big new toy on the way. A 1.234 WHIP in the Al has to translate to what, .990 in the NL Central (who the Brewers play the bulk of their remaining games against by the way). No matter what happens in this deal, even if Sabathia is somehow a bust and LaPorta is a Hall of Famer, this was the right deal at the right time.


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