Monday, June 23, 2008

Point/Counterpoint: Should the Yankees Trade for Sabathia?




NO, NO, AND HELL NO.

By Devo

SUS Nation, I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell along with me

THE YANKEES ARE NOT GOING TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR!

THE YANKEES ARE NOT GOING TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR!

THE YANKEES ARE NOT GOING TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR!

Sure, the Yankees are putting together a nice little hot streak. And you’re starting to think that if everything comes together, if they can get timely hitting and pitching for 3 weeks in October, they can bring home a 27th World Series Championship. And technically you’re right; but that’s not going to happen. No chance. And trading away prospects for C.C. Sabathia is going to do two things 1) not win us a championship this year and 2) hinder our chances of winning a championship in the future.

You can make an argument that our lineup is good enough to win a world series this year if everyone stays healthy. You also could’ve made that same argument the last 2-3 years, at which point our lineup came out flatter than your girlfriend's chest. The veterans looked old and the young guys looked inexperienced.

And what about the pitching staff? Make no mistake, Joba is an ace-in-waiting who simply needs to learn the nuances of major league pitching in order to ensure his Ace status. It would be refreshing to see Mussina and Pettitte at the top of the rotation…if Bill Clinton were still in the White House. But Pettitte is inconsistent at best. And while Mussina has been fantastic this year, I refuse to believe that he will come up big against the Red Sox in a big spot.

So the question remains, shouldn’t the Yankees go after a bonafide ace in Sabathia? Wouldn’t the rotation be World Series worthy if it included Sabathia, Joba, Pettitte, and Mussina? Well yes. But that still does not mean that this team can win a World Series. Frankly, this lineup that would win your fantasy league 10x's over has never gotten the best of opposing pitching in October, and there is no reason to think that Kyle Farnsworth can hold down an 8th inning spot against the best teams in the game. And let’s not forget that our defense is going to suffer immensely if Melky Cabrera is part of a Sabathia deal.

Would Sabathia improve the Yankees? Sure. But would he enable them to win the World Series? Probably not. And more importantly, why not hold on to the kids? And then Santino Steinbrenner can send Luca Brasi over to C.C. Sabathia’s crib this winter and tell him that either his name or his brains will be on the contract.

4 comments:

solo said...

if wang returns in sept, then our rotation will be:

1) Sabathia
2) Pettitte
3) Joba
4) Wang (cause he'll still be getting his legs back)

Mussina becomes the long man, and Hughes is ready should Joba only last 3 innings (assuming he doesn't go in the deal, which he won't because Cleveland isn't allowing a negotiation period). So we trade Kennedy, we WON'T trade Melky cause they don't need a CF (Grady Sizemore) and we prob have to give up like two more pitchers who prob would be no better than Kennedy anyway. And we aren't trading for Sabathia why??? (keep in mind, just playing devil's advocate here considering I agree with you based on my own prior writings)

solo said...

ps, the closing line made me shit my pants, which sucks cause apparently i forgot to put on a diaper before reading it

devo said...

Yeah, in going along with what you said, there's no way we can "Abreu" them into taking less. Too many other teams can give them a shitload.

And also, what word would've worked instead of "Abreu"-ing them? "Us"-ing them, per Family Guy.

solo said...

hmm, i wish i actually used the term "abreu-ing" them, that's pretty catchy