CC Headed To AL East: Sabathia and Yankees Agree to Terms

Derek CoffeltSenior Analyst IDecember 10, 2008

According to various sources within the New York Post, CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees have agreed to terms during the 2008 Las Vegas MLB Winter Meetings.

The exact length of the deal is still six years, but sources say that Sabathia will get "at least" $140 million for his services. The official word came late last night after Yankees' GM Brian Cashman flew to Sabathia's house in San Francisco.

After numerous talks with the young ace for three straight days, this particular meeting held Sabathia's intentions to play in the American League. He also expressed he wanted the responsibility that comes along with being an ace on one of the biggest teams in the majors.

Sabathia now joins Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain in New York's starting rotation that could be built to make a serious run at a title. It is only fitting that the Yankees are pulling out all the stops to bring a 27th world title into their brand new stadium.

The Yankees have not stopped here on their Winter Meetings shopping list. Reports have it that they have also topped the Atlanta Braves' offer to A.J. Burnett with a rumored four year $64 million dollar offer. While Burnett has maintained that he still wants a guaranteed five year deal, this latest signing of Sabathia might just change his mind.

The New York Post also has stated that the Yankees have a four year $60 million deal range awaiting Derek Lowe. Lowe has expressed that he would not make a move until Sabathia had completed a deal of his own and now the dominoes are likely to fall after this monstrous deal.

The Yankees could conceivably "sweep" the Winter Meetings by signing all three of these coveted pitching free agents. The latest Sabathia deal has no doubt created a power shift back towards the Yankees who no doubt felt the affects of missing the postseason for the first time in what seems like a decade.