When the New York Yankees' GM Brian Cashman left the winter meetings in Las Vegas to meet with Sabathia and his wife this past week, Sabathia's record-setting deal was nearly sealed.
On Thursday, the seven-year $161 million signing-the most for a pitcher ever, became finalized. The contract even includes an opt-out clause that allows Sabathia to leave after three years, just in case the big fella can't handle the NY media and pressure. Although I think he will do just fine.
With addition of Sabathia, the Yanks could have the best rotation in the AL. Especially if they can sign AJ Burnett. The rotation top to bottom would be loaded starting with Sabathia, Burnett, Wang, Lowe or Pettitte (if resigned), and Hughes.
The eighth and ninth innings would be handed off to Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera, making baseball in New York a seven inning game. It will be interesting to see how much run support the starters will get, and what their ERA will look like, after competing in the one of the toughest divisions in baseball.
The most important aspect of getting the best pitcher in baseball is that he is a stopper every time he takes the ball every fifth day.
He goes deep into ball games, and is a great club house guy. Let’s not forget that Sabathia lets the bullpen take a rest, gets strikeouts when he needs to, and creates good clubhouse chemistry. Sabathia knows how to have fun while playing the game and it rubs off on everyone else. He reminds his teammates to relax and just play baseball.