Because We All Love Rumor Mongering: Where’s C.C. Gonna End Up?

June 16, 2008 – 12:18 am by TheRiot

Yes, I’m already making a lot of assumptions. But the biggest one is by the time the trade deadline comes and goes, C.C. Sabathia will no longer be in an Indians uniform. Bear with me.

The biggest question here is if the Indians well scratch their way back into contention. I lean toward no. Travis Hafner is on the disabled list and hasn’t been very good for about the last year and a half anyway and, in general, the Indians have the look of a mediocre ball club.

That’s kind of a theme in the Central, though, so who’s to say they can’t put something together behind Sabathia and Fausto Carmona to make a run back to the top? It’s an interesting dilemma for general manger Mark Shapiro.

Also there’s this: The Tribe has been made up of this basic roster for a few years now, and has never done anything too special despite all the promise on the roster. It might just be time to shake things up.

So, Sabathia’s contract is up after this year, it would make sense to deal your most marketable asset and replenish the farm system with top-flight talent.

You can believe the usual suspects would be lining up: Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and anyone else in contention.

But think about the Cubs for a second. Right now they’re the best team in the league without a legitimate No. 2 starter. Ryan Dempster has been great, to be sure, but they could use another stud behind Carlos Zambrano.

Also, as long as they’re playing this well, the pressure will continue to build on Jim Hendry to make sure this is indeed the year. If he believes this is their best opportunity there’s no reason to believe he won’t unload the farm system to try and make it happen. Guys like Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Colvin and any other big-time prospect will be in play.

I’m not saying it’s going to happen. I’m just saying.

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  1. 11 Responses to “Because We All Love Rumor Mongering: Where’s C.C. Gonna End Up?”

  2. Just because he struck you out in high school doesn’t mean Samardzija is a big-time prospect…

    By Phillips on Jun 16, 2008

  3. Travis Hafner might be the cover boy for what happens when you cant do ‘roids anymore…

    By bakerslifecoach on Jun 16, 2008

  4. re: hafner and roids

    his problem isn’t his power, it’s that he seems to have lost his patience at the plate. im not a scientist but i’m pretty sure roids don’t affect your ability to see pitches.

    re: cc

    every player on the indians is playing well below their carrear average, meaning it’s not that crazy for the team to pick up production by the second half. besides that, half the team is on the DL right now. getting rid of CC could bring in some talent, but how much are teams really going to give up for 10 starts from a guy who is gone at the end of the season. enough to make it ok to give up on the season in july?

    and how is being up 3-2 in the alcs ‘not living up to the hype’, they were the second best team in baseball last season with a payroll in the 20s.

    By Paterno Lives! on Jun 16, 2008

  5. This is a complete sellers market for Shapiro. The Yanks are going to be desperate. The Red Sox are right there. The Tribe won’t be giving away CC to the cubs for a wide receiver…

    By Scott Sargent on Jun 16, 2008

  6. Move him the the Astros. We need some pitching!

    By Tim Tebow on Jun 16, 2008

  7. The Cubs have a decent 1B prospect in Micah Hoffpauir that the Tribe could maybe groom to replace Garko long-term. It’s hard to see any logical destination for C.C. (Philly’s a long shot) unless Shapiro goes for the full-out salary dump, which is not out of the question considering the sordid history of Cleveland sports.

    By Andrew on Jun 16, 2008

  8. Red Sox will take him…We need to add a 9th starter to our rotation for the stretch run (Beckett, Dice-K, Bucholz, Masterson, Lester, Wakefield, Colon, Schilling)…Sox are not interested, trust me…We saw what CC is capable of in the playoffs—and frankly, no thank you.

    By Anonymous on Jun 16, 2008

  9. The Tribe has been made up of this basic roster for a few years now, and has never done anything too special despite all the promise on the roster.

    Weren’t they one game away from a pennant last year?

    This team has actually underachieved a bit given their RS/RA, and are still 5.5 games out of first place. Why not trade a couple of prospects for another bat (Matt Holliday?) and make another run at it?

    By GW on Jun 16, 2008

  10. With Wang out (huh-huh) you know the Yanks will be making a major run at him. However, I doesn’t seem to me that their system has anyone worth trading for — everyone comes up a bust. The Indians will be waiting until the last possible minute to pull the trigger on this one given the weakness of the division.

    And re: the last comment — why would the Rockies trade Holliday? They have a solid young core that made a WS run last year. They’ve been riddled by injuries and there is no sense breaking that group up until seeing how they bounce back next year.

    By Hick Flick on Jun 16, 2008

  11. re: hafner and roids

    How about the fact that he cant stay healthy for more than a week at a time now???
    If that doesn’t scream ex-roid head I dont know what does…

    Not to mention his extreme drop in all power categories while in the lineup now…

    By bakerslifecoach on Jun 16, 2008

  12. The Rangers will probably be in the running for Sabathia’s services because of their awful pitching staff. They’ve got the type of offense you need to win in the AL but just absolutely no pitching.

    By Phillips on Jun 16, 2008

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