How To View the CC Sabathia Deal

SeanContributor IDecember 10, 2008

As a devout Yankee fan, I am glad they signed CC Sabathia. Actually, I am more glad because I won't have to hear any more talk about whether or not he will sign. Why hasn't he signed? Who else has the money to sign him?

Dreamed up mystery teams aside, the real reason to sign this deal is in the language. After three years and (I assume) $69 million, and at the age of 31, he can hit the market again. The hope, I would assume, is that in three years, from Sabathia's point of view, is that he does well enough to merit a huge raise from a team in California.

His California love affair got thrown off the tracks this year by many factors all converging at once. The money-shy Dodgers seem leery of handing out any big-money deals for fear of being stuck with them.

The Giants would have been interested, but with Zito on the bank roll (just as he will be in 2011), they couldn't realistically afford it. The Padres will be a mess until ownership and payroll issues are cleared up. The Athletics, well, who knows what they will or won't do at any given time.

Which bring us to the Angels.

If three years pass and the Angels are unable to break through and win a championship, they might just want to add someone like CC. If the championship drought with one of the most talented rosters in all of baseball continues, maybe he is the solution.

All things aside, fans and pundits should be viewing this deal with CC Sabathia as such: three years for $69 million. As the Blue Jays will tell you, after that, all bets are off.