First off, mad propers to Buster Olney, because he clearly thinks highly of this blog.
Who else said the Brewers could trade for Sabathia even in a joking fashion? Not Brewerfan.net, not Conservative Blogger Al Bethke, not even the Wisconsin Sports Bar.
It was me. It was me all along.
But now for the Mainstream Media? There is something that needs to be vetted here for your Milwaukee Brewers. Three reasons why? Three reasons why not? Sure.
1. The Brewers will make the playoffs. Even if Sheets misses an extended amount of time. C.C. Sabathia would be an arm that would get the Brewers into the Wild Card. Why? C.C. Sabathia is awesome from August onward. And with only two teams to vault in the Wild Card? They play onward into October.
2. The National League has not seen C.C. Sabathia. An experienced arm with good stats for the stretch run? It’s a good thing. An experienced arm that the league hasn’t seen much of? He could be Sutcliffe in 1984. I mean, for those of you who don’t know? The Cubs got a 16-1 with a 2.69 ERA and a Cy Young Award in the process of trading for Joe Carter.
3. The Brewers might not have to mortgage the Farm system to get him. Sure, Prince Fielder isn’t a likely cost for the Cleveland Indians, but even so? The Brewers aren’t going to have to fire out a Gamel, Jeffress, and Salome package to get him. You could bring Matt LaPorta to Cleveland and still likely be okay.
But there are some issues. They’re real, and they may paralyze the Brewers from making the move.
1. They could sign him, but will they? With Gagne, Sheets, and probably Cameron coming off the books? The Brewers could decide to give Sabathia a major contract offer. But would it be excatly like or close to the Johan? No. And for a small market team, would you rather have six years of top hitting prospect or two months of great pitching?
2. Damn Yankees. Hank Steinbrenner is a desperate man. He saw his youth energy that he held on so desperately turn to Joba Chamberlain and shit this season. And if the Yankees take the position that he will only be a rental for two months? Would a package of Jesus Montero, Melky Cabrera, and Ian Kennedy be worth more than one Matt LaPorta? Sadly, yes.
And as a further note, a team like the Dodgers is currently chock full of prospect, and an Andy LaRoche and Andre Ethier could also be very interesting.
3. Can he handle Bratwurst for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner? Cleveland is not a major metropolitan market. But Milwaukee? It can be a depressing place to live. I love it, but I have to admit it. It is no Cleveburg. He may be in for a culutre shock?
Should Dougie Baseball Do It? Sure. I do think it would be like Don Sutton in 1982 and the Crew would get to the playoffs on his left arm. But don’t take MY word for it.