C.C. Sabathia Traded To Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians Fold In AL Central

Good News Is Cy Young Winner Heads To Brew Crew, Bad News Is He's Now Under Ned Yost's Guidance

7/6/08 in MLB   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

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.

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7/7/08   |   tract_boy   |   1 respect

derms33 wrote:
The Brewers got a gift...just be thankful the Red Sox or Yankees didn't get him (this year)

CC just wants some Brooklyn style pizza.

7/7/08   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

The Brewers got a gift...just be thankful the Red Sox or Yankees didn't get him (this year)

7/7/08   |   amontag

Anybody want to come pitch in CINCY?

7/7/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Well you can tell that Brewers are no longer owned by Selig, since they actually made a move. If they can keep C.C. from throwing his fastball as flat as the bill of his cap they will be in the mix.

7/7/08   |   TurkogluForMVP   |   50 respect

I like the Brewers and I like Sheets especially. The guy is sharp. So im hoping the best for them because i'm sick of hearing Chicago fans bicker between themselves. Put someone else in front so we can talk about them not the Cubs.

7/7/08   |   Scott   |   53856 respect

I agree with Mike... LaPorta had just recently been moved to the outfield where Braun is tied up thru 2015.  He's not that good defensively and a move to the AL where he could possibly be a DH is a better fit for him.  If the Brewers werent going to use him, might as well get something for him.  Sabathia is a horse and paired with Sheets and an up and coming Manny Parra, the Brewers have a pretty good 1-2-3 punch.  This move definitely improves the Brewers and makes them a legit contender in the NL Central.  It also IMO, forces the Cubs to have to do something to improve there team as well.

7/7/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4215 respect

1) Whether LaPorta was our top prospect is up for debate... some had Gamel, others LaPorta.

2) LaPorta had no place on our roster anyway, LF and 1st base are kinda taken.

3)I don't think this trade makes a huge difference in the regular season.  I feel like we were going to make the playoffs regardless.  It should make a huge difference in the playoffs though.  I'll take a healthy Sabathia and Sheets up against anyone and feel pretty good about it.

4) We probably don't have a chance to resign Sabathia or Sheets, but we should have 5 top 35 picks in next summer's draft.  Considering we've built this whole farm system off of only having a few top picks each year, I can't wait to see what we pull together with multiple top picks every year.