If you haven't turned on a television or read a newspaper today, free agent pitcher Carsten Charles "CC" Sabathia is set to accept a seven year, $161 million offer from the New York Yankees.
Major League Baseball's winter meetings began Monday in Las Vegas, where the Yankees initially met with Sabathia. According to Yankees.com, Yankees' manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman, and special advisor Reggie Jackson were all present in the meeting.
After the meeting adjourned, Girardi said it went "great."
Before both parties met Monday, New York had originally made Sabathia an offer weeks ago, but the 28 year-old, left handed hurler held out to field offers from other teams. It did not appear Sabathia was going to pick where he wanted to go, as it was reported yesterday by ESPN that he was not going to make a decision this week.
This morning, the news broke that Sabathia had reached an agreement with New York worth $161 million over seven years. However, it was later known that Sabathia has the option to opt-out after three years.
Sabathia, a native of Vallejo, CA, has been a major leaguer since 2001. He debuted on Apr. 8, and pitched for the Cleveland Indians for seven-and-a-half years until he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-season, 2008.
He owns a lifetime record of 117-73, a career ERA of 3.66, and has recorded 1,393 strikeouts. Sabathia has been selected to play in the All-Star game three times in 2003, 2004, and his best campaign to date, 2007.
In the '07 season, Sabathia led the American League in innings pitched with 241, went 19-7 with a 2.21 ERA overall, and won the Cy Young award at the end of the season. Because he won the Cy Young, his teammates nicknamed him "Cy Cy Sabathia."
Despite the Yankees' marquee acquisition, they are still in need of pitching. Mike Mussina has retired after his 20 win 2008 season, and Andy Pettitte was not offered salary arbitration, possibly prompting the Yankees to make another move.
Right now, Sabathia, Chien-Ming Wang, and Joba Chamberlain are the only three starters penciled into the Yankees' 2009 five man rotation.
"We just need to improve our rotation, and it's not just one," said Cashman to Yankees.com. "It's more than one. My intent this winter is to try and improve the club any way I can, but the main focus is the starting rotation."
Other pitchers on the Yankees' radar are A.J. Burnett, Derek Lowe, and Ben Sheets. According to Yankees.com, the Yankees apparently met with Burnett's agent Darek Braunecker, who said "the process is starting to advance."
The Winter meetings will continue tomorrow, and the Bronx Bombers have started rebuilding their team today.