Sabathia to the Brewers

The Indians traded CC Sabathia to the Brewers yesterday in a deal that effectively throws in the towel for Cleveland.

Indians get:

  • OF Matt LaPorta, 7th overall pick in 2007. .288 BA, .402 OBP, .978 OPS, 20 homers at AA Huntsville
  • P Zach Jackson, 32nd overall pick in 2004. Disappointing minor league numbers so we’ll see.
  • P Rob Bryson (intriguing potential closer)
  • Player to be named

Brewers get:

  • P CC Sabathia, 2008 stats: 6-8, 3.83 ERA, 123 SO, 1.23 WHIP

This trade is going to be beneficial for both sides. The Brewers get immediate help in their rotation which could put them over the top in the NL Central where they trail the Cubs by 3.5 games. The Brewers have a strong staff anyway headlined by Ben Sheets and Manny Parra. CC will be the new ace in Milwaukee if Sheets leaves at the end of the season. He could be the ace even if Sheets stays though. There is doubt to whether CC will stay in Milwaukee though as he may get an offer from a bigger market club following 2008. He had a terrible start to the 2008 season, but has since rebounded to bring his ERA below 4. Since May 14th, he has been arguably the best pitcher in the AL with an ERA of 2.22 and averaging a strikeout an inning. His W-L is low, but that was his team’s fault who rarely seemed to score for him.

All is not lost for Cleveland though. Their GM Mark Shapiro pulled off one of the greatest trades in front office history when he obtained Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips among others, for Bartolo Colon who fizzled and Tim Drew. This trade has echoes of Shapiro’s defining work. They were going to lose CC anyway as he wanted Johan money so they picked up three legitimate prospects as they enter a brief setback in their playoff plans. LaPorta may be major league-ready today, Jackson is talented, and Bryson has been labeled as a potential closer in the coming years. Cleveland still has an excellent core of their pitching rotation with Cliff Lee, Fausto Carmona, and Jake Westbrook so they should not worry about the future.

This trade is going to work out for both sides, but Cleveland will still miss CC Sabathia. He pitched eight seasons in Cleveland and seemed to be a fan favorite. This trade definitely makes it the Brewers’ time.

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2 Comments on “Sabathia to the Brewers”

  1. wajigma Says:

    If the Brewers don’t win this year–it’s another two or three until they’re a contender. Celtics anybody?


  2. Speaking of the Indians, I want to see how Beau Mills, the first round draft pick of last year develops, I swear he’s going to be Rob Deer part deux with more contact.


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