Jason at IIATMS lists a number of reasons why anxious Yankee watchers should just calm the heck down about the lack of progress on the Sabathia-to-New York front. Perhaps the best one:
The Yanks are not the destination they were in 2000, 2001, 2002, when they were making regular World Series appearances. The team is getting old. The beat writers are incessantly negative towards everyone but Mo and Jeter. Ownership is erratic, and that might be a very kind term to call Hank and Hal. And they play in the AL East, home of the reigning AL Champs and the 2007 World Series Champs. It’s rough out there.
It’s been a long time since the “the Yankees can just buy whatever they want” meme has held true. What’s more, I think the Yankees know that. If they didn’t, I don’t think they come out of the gate with the offer they did.
CC may yet wind up with the Yankees, but the notion that it’s a no-brainer is a mistaken one. For my part, I still would like to see him in San Francisco.