Jeez, you take two hours to write up a legal brief, and the whole world goes and gets itself in a hurry:
CC Sabathia is not going to play on the West Coast. He is not going to play in the National League. CC Sabathia is going to be a Yankee, The Post has learned exclusively.
After three straight days of face-to-face meetings between GM Brian Cashman and Sabathia, the big lefty decided he wants to spend the next six years of his career as a Yankee. The decision came late last night after Cashman flew to see Sabathia at his home in San Francisco. By the time the meeting was concluded, Sabathia had informed the Yankees that he had made his decision to call New York his baseball home, the Post has learned.
There are still minor hurdles to finalize, notably that Sabathia must pass a physical. But after so much belief that Sabathia was stalling because he wanted to avoid New York, he agreed to the largest pitching contract in major league history, at least $140 million.
Robo is saying that it’s seven years and upwards of $160M. That’ll buy a lot of hours on a fractionally-owned executive jet for Mrs. Sabathia to go back and forth from her California home.
I guess I’m sort of deflated. Not because the Yankees got him per se — it’s been years since the prospect of the Yankees buying players made me despair about the competitive balance of baseball — but because no one else did. Sabathia the Brewer, Sabathia the Giant, Sabathia the Angel, or Sabathia the Dodger would have at least been interesting. With Sabathia the Yankee, the stories for 2009 can practically be pre-written.
If CC starts slow like he did last year, there will be exaggerated shock and worry. If he carries the team down the stretch like he did the Brewers last season, there will be exaggerated awe and hero-making. If he pitches well yet the Yankees still falter because of the offense — which I feel is the most likely scenario — people will wonder why the Yankees were so hot for CC in the first place instead of going after Texeira or something.
In other words, despite the tens of thousands of words people will write about this signing in the coming days, it stands to be the most boring transaction of the year.