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Brewers let go of four prospects to acquire Sabathia

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by wrbanwal, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005


    MILWAUKEE -- Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia was traded Monday from the Cleveland Indians to the Milwaukee Brewers for four prospects.

    Count on C.C. Sabathia having a huge impact on the NL Central race, Buster Olney writes. Blog Insider

    In trading for C.C. Sabathia, the Brewers might just be getting the ace of the league, Keith Law writes. Blog Insider

    Sabathia, eligible for free agency after the season, went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA last season and gives the Brewers another power pitcher to pair with Ben Sheets as Milwaukee tries to make the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

    Sabathia will make two starts before the All-Star break -- Tuesday against Colorado and Sunday against Cincinnati. Both are home games.

    Milwaukee sent Cleveland left fielder Matt LaPorta, pitchers Rob Bryson and Zach Jackson and a player to be named.

    Sabathia had a slow start but is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA. Cleveland scored two runs or fewer in 11 of his 18 starts.

    Milwaukee's starting pitching has been thin ever since Yovani Gallardo went on the disabled list on May 2 with a torn knee ligament that required surgery. His rehab was supposed to take four months, which gives him an outside chance of returning before the end of the season.

    Saving Ace?

    Is C.C. Sabathia enough to help the Brewers win the NL Central? Here's how Sabathia has fared against the rest of the division*:
    W-L ERA
    Cardinals 1-0 4.63
    Cubs 0-1 34.71
    Pirates 2-0 1.64
    Reds 3-0 2.26
    *Has never faced the Astros

    Sheets (10-2, 2.77 ERA) is off to the best start of his career, but the All-Star righty is in the final year of a $38.5 million, four-year contract and hasn't wanted to talk about his upcoming free agency.

    Milwaukee, which hasn't been in the postseason since Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, fell two games short of the division title last year. The Brewers began Monday a percentage point ahead of St. Louis for the second-best record in the NL, and both teams are chasing the Chicago Cubs, who are 3½ games ahead.

    The Indians, who fell one win shy of the World Series last year, are in need of power-hitting corner outfielders and LaPorta is expected to fill that void. He hit .288 with 20 homers and 66 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Huntsville.

    Sabathia rejected a $72 million, four-year extension from the Indians during spring training and announced he wouldn't negotiate until after the season.

    Cleveland has seen Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle leave in free agency.

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