While the players on the Texas Rangers battle their counterparts on the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, the team’s front office staff may be dividing their attention between the games on the field and the dollars in the bank. A report from ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews indicates that the Rangers are preparing to make a significant offer for Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia should he, as expected, opt out of the four year $92 million remaining on his contract.
It’s hard to imagine Sabathia leaving New York. He apparently loves the city. And for the most part the city loves him. However, he’s even more unlikely to refuse the overtures of suitors considering the effect such pursuits will have on his negotiations with the Yankees on a new multiple year contract.
According to Matthews’ source:
I hear they’re going to throw a boatload of money at him. But I think he’ll stay with the Yankees. He’s talked so much about how much he loves New York, and besides, the Yankees can’t afford to lose him from that pitching staff.
This fits in well with Rangers GM Jon Daniels’ recent comments on the market size for free agent starter C.J. Wilson.
Probably bigger than we would like and probably right about what he would like.
If Texas ends up losing Wilson this off season to a rival (let’s say the Yankees), Sabathia would be more than ample compensation. It’s probably also worth noting that the big left hander, a durable starter if ever there was one, fits in well with the type of pitcher that team owner and president Nolan Ryan is believed to value.