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To CC or not to CC...

Here we are again. Another off season, another high priced free agent, and another Yankee attempt at reeling them in. With the Yankees in dire need of pitching help, the big fish this year is CC Sabathia. With Mike Mussina retiring, the Yankees need to fill a void that won them 20 games last year. With that being said, Sabathia might be the obvious choice. But is he really?

Sabathia had a monster 2008 season, helping the Brewers make their way to the playoffs where they met their demise against a stellar Phillies team in 4 games. The 27 year old ace won 17 games with a stingy ERA of 2.70. With the Indians and Brewers combined last year, Sabathia tossed 10 complete games. Mix that in with the 2007 Cy Young award and his 3 All Star appearances, and one might think signing him is a no-brainer, right?

Not so much.

Yes, Sabathia was very instrumental in getting the Brew Crew into the playoffs last year, but once they got there, CC fell apart. He got rocked by the Phils, giving up 5 earned runs in 3 and two third innings. Overall for his postseason career, Sabathia is 2-3 with a scary 7.92 ERA. His WHIP is even scarier, at 2.20. Playing in Milwaukee, just making the playoffs might have been enough, but anything short of a World Series ring in NY is a failure. Looking at those numbers, Sabathia won't fare well in the big apple, just ask Alex Rodriguez and his .244 playoff batting average while donning the Yankee pinstripes.

Does that convince you otherwise? No? Well, please take a gander at the following. In 5 starts at Yankee Stadium (yes, I know they're in a new stadium next year, but it's the atmosphere) CC is 1-4 with an ERA of 8.61. Another concern is will his arm hold up. CC pitched an astounding 253 innings in 2008, just after he threw 241 innings the year before, which led the league both years. Before 2007, his previous career high was 210 innings pitched, which was in 2002. Another note worthy of mentioning is his split stats from last year. Yes, he was 11-2 with the Brewers last year, but people forget he went 6-8 with the Indians before his trade. You would be correct in saying that the Indians were a mediocre team at best last year, but Cliff Lee had no problem pitching for the Tribe, winning 22 games.

As nice as it might be to have the biggest name on the free agent market sign with your team, the Yankees would be wise to pass on Sabathia and spend the money elsewhere. CC would be better suited to stay in the National League. If the Yankees give in to the hype that they need to shell out tons of cash just because they can (can anyone say New York Knicks?), just make sure CC's locker is far from Arod's.
Yankees Blog Writer-Andrew Mindzak

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