Found October 14, 2011 on hardballchat.com:


C.C. Sabathia could opt out of his already lucrative contract with the New York Yankees this offseason. After seeing what the market has become for solid starting pitching, Sabathia knows that he can reach the salary level of pitchers such as Cliff Lee and countless others. While it is far from a guarantee, Sabathia is certainly expected to exercise his opt out clause.

Judging by the size of him lately, it may be the first thing he has exercised in quite some time. I know he said that he lost 30 pounds last offseason. That was great.

But did he find 40 pounds during the regular season? Dude looks huge!

But regardless of his size, and all joking aside, Sabathia does stay in fantastic shape for someone his size. He is the ultimate workhorse, as he considers starts where he does not finish the game unacceptable.

C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers is a free agent this offseason. That is a fact, as there is no opt out clause involved. Wilson will simply be an unrestricted free agent.

As of this minute, the Rangers are fully expecting that they could lose Wilson this offseason, and they – as well as everyone else – muts feel as if the Yankees will be very serious bidders after watching how dire their starting pitching situation became throughout last season.

But the question remains, could the Yankees sign both? Or, if Sabathia opts out and becomes a free agent, do they let him walk and sign the younger Wilson? Granted, Wilson is just one year younger than Sabathia, but one must wonder if the Yankees’ incumbent ace will wear down as his career progresses due to his size and amount of games and pitches he has thrown on short rest.

Could Sabathia and Wilson switch uniforms next season, or will they become teammates?

We know that New York would love to have both pitchers in their starting rotation next season, but it is at least slightly unlikely. Although, you can never bet against the Yankees when it comes to free agency. And even though their arch nemeses were disappointing last season, New York knows that they need to improve in order to keep up with what could be an improved Boston Red Sox team if any of players develop into leaders.

Clearly, that was not the case last season, in what may have been one of the more dysfunctional clubhouses in MLB history.

Great job, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Kevin Youkilis and others.

Regardless, the Rangers know they will need to do everything possible to keep their ace next season, or go hard after someone else. Texas could very well be on their way toward capturing the first World Series championship in franchise history, but they want to turn it into multiple titles. They cannot do that without a bonafide ace, which they have in Wilson.

Or in which they would have with Sabathia.

Sabathia is ultimately expected to exercise his opt out clause, but he is not expected to leave the Yankees. After all, all he has talked about the past few seasons is how much enjoys New York and pitching for the Bronx Bombers. It would be very unlikely that he would leave.

But we know that Rangers owner Nolan Ryan loves workhorse pitchers, as he does not believe in a pitch count. he would be a natural in Texas. And surprisingly, Sabathia does better in warmer weather.

He would certainly have that in Texas.

 

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