July 4, 2008

Brewers in trade talks with Tribe for Sabathia?

Category: Brewers — Patrick Stumpf @ 2:55 am

News broke in the wee hours of the morning that the Brewers were reportedly offering two top minor-league prospects for All-Star southpaw C.C. Sabathia.  Fox Sports’ insider Ken Rosenthal released the story, stating the Brewers had made an offer to the Indians, including arguably their best minor-leaguers in the system: Matt LaPorta and Alcides Escobar. The Double-A Huntsville stars have been tearing up opposing pitching. LaPorta is batting .291 with 20 bombs, while Escobar has complied a .331 average with 22 steals.  Sabathia is being actively shopped by Cleveland, trying to deal the 6?7, 290 pound lefty. While it would be an intriguing pick up for the Crew, giving them two bonafide aces (along with Ben Sheets) down the stretch, the offer is either over-exagerrated or just plain steep. At 27, Sabathia is not getting any younger, plus his contract is up following this season making him a risk to resign. Not to mention, LaPorta and Escobar would become eventual starters if kept by the club. So it’s doubtful the aforementioned players are truly involved; guys like Taylor Green and Mat Gamel would be more realistic trade-offs, as Brewers’ beat writer Tom Haudricourt points out. Hopefully more details become available as the holiday weekend wears on.

Update: It’s official. The Brewers have officially netted C.C. Sabathia, for star-prospect Matt LaPorta, along with prospects Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson, and a player-to-be-named later. What a deal for this club, who gains a bonafide ace next to Sheets for the remainder of the year. Despite the fact that that’s all it may be, a rental, they are in a position to reclaim a playoff berth. Losing LaPorta will hurt in the future, but because he was slated to be thrown in the crowded outfield mix, he may have lost his value already on an NL team’s roster, and may be a future DH for the Tribe, and hopefully a very good one. Back to Sabathia, who will take the mound tonight against the Rockies in Game 2. It should be fun!

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