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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Heyman: Will Yankee dollars put Sabathia in a New York state of mind?

CCNY…the not-so-Free Academy.

Jimmy Rollins, a friend of superstar free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia dating back to their upbringing outside Oakland, Calif., and one of the best prognosticators in the game considering his lofty and correct predictions for his own Phillies, didn’t hesitate when I asked him where he thought Sabathia would wind up.

“New York, American League,’’ Rollins, an Alameda, Calif. product, said. “They’ve got enough money, and they need him.’‘

It’s becoming the prevailing opinion around baseball that the Vallejo product Sabathia will become a Yankee, though it’s too early to tell for sure whether that belief originates from wishful thinking on the part of Sabathia’s handlers, the union or fellow players. Sabathia’s agent, Scott Parker, didn’t return a call, but the general consensus is that Sabathia’s people would naturally prefer that their client maximize his take, which would very likely mean he’d go to the Yankees, who will presumably be the high bidder. And as one baseball person remarked, “I’ve never seen guys leave money on the table.’‘

Repoz Posted: October 28, 2008 at 08:21 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ (formerly Delta Socrates) Posted: October 28, 2008 at 08:30 PM (#2998073)
I know it's irrational of me, but my preferred order of business for the Yanks this offseason starts with convincing Mike Mussina not to retire and resign with the Yanks.....
   2. John DiFool2 Posted: October 28, 2008 at 08:35 PM (#2998075)
I’ve never seen guys leave money on the table.


Mike Lowell.
   3. EnderCN Posted: October 28, 2008 at 08:43 PM (#2998079)
Plenty of players have left money on the table so I'm not buying that at all. Sabathia seems to be the type of guy that values other things as much as the money.

The Yankees might still end up with him by blowing away all other offers but it is going to be because of an extra few million, they'll have to really blow him away.
   4. The Buddy Biancalana Hit Counter Posted: October 28, 2008 at 08:49 PM (#2998085)
“I’ve never seen guys leave money on the table.’’


There's a joke in there about Carl Everett believing that Jody Reed is a dinosaur. Maybe.
   5. Jimmy P Posted: October 28, 2008 at 09:15 PM (#2998104)
It's revisionist history to suggest that LaMar is responsible for the success of the team that was gosh-awful for all his years there. LaMar's one great contribution was guiding the organization to a terrible record every year he was there, enabling them to pick very high in the draft year after year.


That is priceless. I can't believe Heyman actually said it. It seemed that all the writers were going to bend over backwards to make sure LaMar got credit. I commend you, Jon Heyman.
   6. Loren F. Posted: October 28, 2008 at 09:20 PM (#2998106)
If picking high in the draft every year is all it takes, where is Pittsburgh's division title?
   7. BeanoCook Posted: October 28, 2008 at 10:20 PM (#2998152)
“I’ve never seen guys leave money on the table.’’

There's a joke in there about Carl Everett believing that Jody Reed is a dinosaur. Maybe.


Guess where Jody Reed ended up? That's right.
   8. pkb33 Posted: October 29, 2008 at 02:28 AM (#2998308)
If picking high in the draft every year is all it takes, where is Pittsburgh's division title?


Dave Littlefield traded it away for a veteran OF with a bad contract.
   9. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 29, 2008 at 02:37 AM (#2998311)
Didn't Maddux leave money on the table?
   10. RJ in TO Posted: October 29, 2008 at 03:44 AM (#2998342)
Olerud allegedly did too, when he signed with the Mariners.
   11. Hugh Jorgan Posted: October 29, 2008 at 04:35 AM (#2998377)
I think CC will want to play with a consistent winner...the Boston Red Sox say hello...
   12. Al Kaline Trio Posted: October 29, 2008 at 05:54 AM (#2998401)
Inoa left money on the table for the A's legendary training staff...
   13. Marty Winn Posted: October 29, 2008 at 04:58 PM (#2998675)
Yes Maddux left (I believe) 4 million on the table over 5 years from the Yankees when he chose to play for the Braves instead in 1994.

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