C.C. Sabathia

I meant to get to this when it happened, but I got otherwise preoccupied and then it slipped my mind. Anyway, for the fundamentals of it, the Indians trade Sabathia to Milwaukee for prospects, including Matt LaPorta.

It’s a trade that fundamentally made sense for both teams. The Brewers needed another pitcher to make a playoff run, and now they have a great 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation in Sheets and Sabathia. They give up a guy who’s going to be a great player to bring in Sabathia from 3 months, but those are the decisions you have to make to win if you’re not the Yankees or Red Sox. The Indians, meanwhile, needed to rebuild, and ultimately didn’t think Sabathia was worth a long term deal. A lot of people have wondered for awhile if his size would catch up to him and damage his arm, but thus far it doesn’t seem to have. Nevertheless, Cleveland is a spendthrift organization who’s probably going to build around Fausto Carmona and Grady Sizemore. LaPorta is a great addition in the long run. Sabathia would have been a big financial commitment for a team whose core is aging, and who have to be wondering how and if guys like Victor Martinez and Travis Hafner are going to come back to form. Add that to the competition sure to come in the off-season for Sabathia, and Cleveland made the sensible, long term decision here.