CC Sabathia is a Milwaukee Brewer

Yes, Brewers fans, celebrate the night away! CC Sabathia is now a Milwaukee Brewer pending paperwork and an exchange of medical records. Sabathia is expected to start his first game for the Brewers on Tuesday night versus the Rockies.
Sabathia is the reigning AL Cy Young award winner and after getting off to a slow start this season has reverted back to his old self. In his last 10 starts, Sabathia is 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA. He has pitched 77 innings and struck out 77 batters. For the year, Sabathia leads the AL in strikeouts with 123.
The Brewers did give up quite a lot to acquire Sabathia. Matt LaPorta, the Brewers 2007 first round draft choice, is the center piece of the deal. LaPorta is batting .288 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI in 84 games this season. The Brewers also gave up their 2007 Minor League Player of the Year in Taylor Green. Green is a third baseman at single A Brevard County. He is batting .295 with 10 home runs and 54 RBI in 81 games this season. There is at least one more prospect going to the Indians but no one is quite sure who it is at this point.
The Brewers completed a sweep of the Pirates today and now sit only 3.5 games back of division leading Chicago and are now tied with the Cardinals for the NL Wild Card lead. It’s likely that Seth McClung will get moved to the bullpen and serve as a set-up man for Salomon Torres. A rotation anchored by CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets is as good of a 1-2 in the National League. The Brewers could still trade for one more starter or maybe a relief pitcher. There are still rumors of the Brewers sending Tony Gwynn to the Padres for either Greg Maddux or Randy Wolf. If that happens, Dave Bush will likely head to the bullpen as well.
A ton of credit needs to go to GM Doug Melvin and Owner Mark Attanasio for having the guts to make this trade. I think this guarantees post season baseball in Milwaukee for the first time in 26 years. Get out there and support your team, Milwaukee! The management is showing they are serious about winning, now it’s time for the fans to show they are serious about supporting a winner!

  1. July 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Yes, but your post had more details!
    I am not a huge LaPorta fan–only one year in the pros, prone to striking out, Boras is his agent, plus we still have Braun and Hart for outfielders for the next three years–so not a great loss in my mind. Green was expendable as well with Gamel doing so well.
    I’m fearful that the third player is a pitcher…either the Indians feel that they are loaded with pitchers in their farm system, or are really paranoid about their hitting situation.
    Gotta believe Stetter will be sent down for the roster move…would be a bit of a stick in the eye to move McClung back to the bullpen, but I suspect that is what they are going to do.

  2. July 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    You make me feel better about the team losing LaPorta. I’m fine with Green going too. At least it’s not Lorenzo Cain going as the third player since he’s going to Huntsville to replace LaPorta.

  3. Doug Melvin
    July 6, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Anyone know where I can pick up some extra prospects?

  4. July 6, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    LOL, the extra prospects will come in the form of draft picks we get in return when Sheets and/or Sabathia become free agents.

  5. jbone
    July 6, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Hey Doug, when Ben Sheets and possibly CC leave next year, you’ll get 4 or 5 more draft picks to find another prospect or two.

  6. jbone
    July 6, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    whoops, didn’t see Jesse’s comments before I posted

  7. jbone
    July 6, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Jesse, if the fans supported a loser do you think they will support a winner? I think Milwaukee will be alright.

  8. July 6, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Milwaukee is going to be crazy the rest of the year. 3 million fans is a given now. Attanasio has said all along he will put money in this team if the fans support them. I’ve heard that Attanasio wants the payroll over 100 million in a few years. That’s why I don’t rule out a return of Ben Sheets next year.

  9. ODB
    July 6, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    More details or a link to the potential Tony Gwynn Jr/Maddux or Wolf trade?

  10. ODB
    July 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Any details or a link to info on the Tony Gwynn Jr for Greg Maddux/Randy Wolf deal?

  11. July 7, 2008 at 12:00 am

    P. Ghoul–When a player with as much tenure as Sabathia or Sheets leaves, the former team is compensated with one or two “supplemental” picks at the end of the first round of the June draft. I think both Sheets and Sabathia will warrant two picks each, so the Brewers would get their own first-round pick (hopefully, #30–which goes to the team that wins the World Series), as well as the first four picks after that (nos. 31-34).

  12. Dan Smith
    July 7, 2008 at 5:25 am

    This is a great trade for Cleveland. Sabathia is the most overrated pitcher in baseball. Evan if LaPorta is a bust, getting Sabathia out of the clubhouse is a good move. I have been an Indians fan since 1952 and this is one of the better moves they have made. Remember Bartolo Colon trade ?

  13. P. Ghoul
    July 7, 2008 at 8:18 am

    This is great news. It’s nice to see the Brewers finally on the other end of one of these types of deals. Let’s make a playoff run this year! It’s too bad we lost Gallardo. Think about how it would look with him in there!
    Any chance that we are able to sign either him or Sheets next year?
    Can someone explain the 2 first round pick rule for losing them to free agency?
    Brewers, Brewers, keep turnin up the heat!

  14. Steve
    July 7, 2008 at 8:26 am

    This also reminds me of the Colon trade…This deal looks sweet for Brewers fans right now, but the Indians were smart to trade, like Dan said, the most overrated player in baseball. If CC does lead the Brewers to the postseason, he will choke in the playoffs like he did last year.

  15. July 7, 2008 at 11:28 am

    […] Brewers Bar says the Crew gave up a lot to get the deal finalized, but Brew Town should celebrate now that Sabathia is coming to town. […]

  16. July 7, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I think this is an incredible opportunity. Go Brewers!
    Check these funny Brewers tees out…

  17. August 14, 2008 at 10:31 am

    […] Jesse at Brewers Bar: “I think this guarantees post season baseball in Milwaukee for the first time in 26 years.” […]

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