Well the winner of the C.C. Sabathia sweepstakes is.....The New York Yankees! The Bronx Bombers gave Sabathia a huge $161 Million contract over seven years, with a three year out-clause. Wow! The Brewers couldn't touch that offer, but they deserve credit for getting in the C.C. auction. They certainly gave it the old college try.
Late last week the Yankees and Brewers were tossing around a trade that would send Mike Cameron to New York and Melky Cabrera to Milwaukee. If this deal goes down, the Crew would probably end up saving about $8 million in salary for '09 (Cameron is due $10 million and Cabrera's salary is $400 K, but is due to have a salary bump after signing). The deal currently has hit a snag, with the Yankees asking the Brewers to pick up some of Cameron's salary.
Cameron did a terrific job for the Brewers. He played a tremendous centerfield, banged out 25 homeruns and was a great influence on the younger players. The Brew would certainly miss Cam, but Cabrera would give the Brewers another lefthanded option at the plate and his lower salary is tempting. The salary flexibility could give the Brewers a shot at some needed pitching.
What do you think, folks?