Why does the media keep pushing this idea that MLB teams will be falling all over themselves to sign or trade for C.C. Sabathia? Perhaps they will, but I have yet to hear anything from actual MLB clubs about this. The sports media just keeps pumping up this story.
It certainly wouldn't surprise me if a team signed Sabathia to an absurd 10-year, $150 million contract this winter. But why?! Look at his career stats. Yes, he won the Cy Young last season, but in 2008 he's back to his old mediocre self. Has anyone learned anything from the Barry Zito catastrophe?
Zito basically parlayed one excellent season five years ago into one of the lucrative contracts in all of baseball. Did anyone notice his pedestrian performances in the subsequent seasons? Man, the Giants were hoodwinked. Sabathia is about to do the same thing only he didn't have to wait as long Zito. The lesson of Zito, Sabathia, Mike Hampton, Dice-K, Carl Pavano and others is this; don't pay so much for pitching. It's a total crap shoot.