Good News Is Cy Young Winner Heads To Brew Crew, Bad News Is He's Now Under Ned Yost's Guidance
So much for the major trade happening on July 31st's MLB Trade Deadline. Other big names could surprise us by the end of the month, but C.C. Sabathia's much talked about courtship with the Milwaukee Brewers has been finalized.
The American League's 2007 Cy Young winner is headed to the Brew Crew.
According to Buster Olney (the anti-Chris Mortensen), the deal is nearly finished, merely contingent upon a physical and MLB office paperwork and approval.
While history has shown that most big arms moved midseason don't tend to make a big difference, it's hard to argue that this was a bad trade for Milwaukee. Concerns about his weight are more than legitimate, but despite the fact he won a Cy Young last season, I'd argue he hasn't come close to reaching his potential.
The Brewers and GM Doug Melvin are rolling the dice that a change of scenery may encourage Sabathia to reach his full potential.
Milwaukee is currently tied with the Cardinals for second place in the National League Central, three and a half games behind the Cubs. Now is the time to make a move.
Chicago is a team that struggles against left-handers, and with plenty of meetings against the the Cubs, the division remains up for grabs.
Was this the right move for Milwaukee? They've reportedly given up their top prospect Matt LaPorta and two other middle-tier prospects.
In other news, expect Eric Wedge to be fired at season's end.