The Milwaukee Brewers have made a formal offer to resign C.C. Sabathia, the guy who single handedly carried the team (and many of you fantasy owners) into the playoffs this season.
After a terrible start to the season (with the exception of a few awesome two-start weeks) in Cleveland, Sabathia finished the year on fire in Milwaukee. He led the league in innings pitched (253) and went 17-10 with a 2.70 ERA, 251 strikeouts and a 1.12 ERA.
Until November 13, the Brewers are the only team who can negotiate with Sabathia, and they are using that advantage to its fullest. While the reports are not confirmed, the Brewers are said to have offered Sabathia a four or five year deal in the $100 million range.
What happens to Sabathia from a fantasy baseball perspective if he resigns with the Brew Crew? Keep in mind that we are still compiling our list of the top 75 starting pitchers for 2009, but his ranking for next year will improve if he stays in the NL. There’s no guarantee that Sabathia signing with the Brewers makes him the top fantasy pitcher, but he did finish the year 11-2 following the July trade.
Sabathia keeper league owners, have no fear. You should definitely stash him away regardless of where he ends up signing. Brewers GM Bob Melvin fully expects Sabathia to test the free agent market, where it is almost a guarantee that the New York Yankees (Sabathia’s favorite team growing up) will make a pitch to the 28-year old lefty. Other teams can contact him between now and 11/13 to show interest and discuss the length of a contract, but they can not disclose financial terms.
The Brewers have some major decisions to make with regards to pitching and next season, as Ben Sheets also filed for free agency last week.