CC Sabathia: It's Time to Sign on the Dotted Line

Nino CollaSenior Writer IApril 17, 2008

There is a particularly large left-handed pitcher I'd like to talk to.

He's been really trendy this year, and not in a good way. In his first two starts the trend was 5.1 innings of awful baseball. In his last two starts he gave up nine runs each. These are hardly good trends.

Do you know his name?

Chances are if you don't, one of the last people you'd guess is the supposed ace of the Indians: C.C. Sabathia.

Big left-hander kind of gave it away though; who else could I be talking about? Jared Lorenzen?

Not quite, he doesn't throw a dominating fastball or own a Cy Young Award.

However, Sabathia does. When you think Cy Young, typically you don't think of high ERA pitchers.

That talk is usually reserved for Barry Zito—sorry Giants' fans.

So, with Sabathia's ERA up above the number of cookies he ate yesterday, I think it's time for someone to speak up.

I'll do it, and with pleasure.

C.C., I think it would be the perfect time to talk about something you said wouldn't be discussed for the rest of the season.

No, not donut glaze, but the big ugly elephant in the room.

That contract you don't have for next year.

You claimed that you didn't want it to be a distraction, and that your full focus wanted to be on winning in 2008.

Well, guess what. It has become a distraction, and you need to do something about it. We aren't winning in 2008, and that my friend is a bigger problem.

I may get blasted for this, but these thoughts stem from something ESPN's most hated personality Skip Bayless said. I can already hear Cleveland sinking their teeth into my back. I apologize LeBron James fans, really I do.

Sabathia should have taken the deal and put this contract fiasco to rest. Stop playing around, take the security and be happy in a city that you claim you love.

It's quite obvious that Sabathia isn't suffering from anything but a case of trying way too hard.

His fastball is still there, his stuff is still moving, and no he doesn't look tired. He has pitched a lot of innings in a season before and has come back just as good, if not better.

The name of the game is location, and C.C. is not hitting his spots. Everyone knows when that starts happening there can only be one reason.

He is trying to hard.

We've seen it in the past; in fact we've seen it only a few months ago in the playoffs.

How do I know all this?

Simple, look at how many people he has walked this year compared to last.

Only 37 walks the entire year of 2007, while this year in only four games he's walked 11.

Last year in the playoffs, he walked 13 batters in three games.

When Sabathia gets excited, and pressured, he misses his location and starts walking an insane amount of people.

Then with him behind and people on base, he tries to be too fine, and looks for the perfect pitch.

That pitch typically ends up hitting surfaces behind the yellow line, like it did Wednesday night.

It's the equivalent of a batter being down 0-2 in the count, and  in a 10-0 game with the bases loaded.

Instead of taking the single and knocking in two runs, he tries to put a quick four spot on the board and gets nothing.

I believe this is enough of a reason for me to tell C.C. to sign on the dotted line.

Think about it for a quick second. If you sign a contract with the Tribe, all those worries go away. Pressure is off, all you have to do is pitch. The contract situation goes away.

Sure you can put off talking about it to the media, and tell your agent to break off talks with Mark Shapiro and company. But that doesn't mean the situation goes away till the end of the season.

Ever hear your Mother say to you, "Now C.C. don't bottle up all your emotions."

Then again this is C.C. we are talking about, he isn't afraid to show his emotions. The point is though, by not talking about it, he is only making it worse. 

Sabathia needs get this deal done. He may miss out on some cash, he may not get the ideal contract he desires. And I know you all think I'm a lunatic, for not only listening to Skip Bayless, but suggesting someone take less money.

But the fact of the matter is this: Sabathia is proving he tries to hard, just imagine how much of a meltdown he will go through if he does take that New York money.

Think about that for awhile, and then get back to me.