Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors: C.C. Sabathia Traded to Brewers

C.C. ya later. Looks like the deal that has been rumored since Sunday is in fact going to go down. C.C. Sabathia has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for stud 1B/OF prospect Matt LaPorta along with minor league pitchers Zach Johnson and Rob Bryson and possibly 3B Taylor Green.

Looks like it's time for the Cubs to seriously start looking in the rearview mirror at the Brewers. The Brewers started off rough and have had some key injuries to Yvonni Gallardo and, for a short time, Ben Sheets. On May 19th the Brewers were 20-24 and in last place in the NL Central. Since then, the Brew Crew is 29-15 and have climbed within 3.5 games of the 1st place Cubs, tied for 2nd in the division with the Cardinals. The Brewers will get 2 starts out of Sabathia before the All-Star game and he should be a key cog in their run over the entirety of the 2nd half. This race could well come down to the Cubs/Brewers again this year, with their roles reversed from 2007.

Long-term, I'm happy in a way that the Brewers did make this move. LaPorta is, by all indications, a stud in the making. And the other players traded seem at the very least to have the potential to turn into good major leaguers. Trading that amount of talent for a Sabathia rental (no way the Brewers pop to re-sign him next year), along with the fact that Ben Sheets is likely going to sign a free agent deal elsewhere for next year as well, and it's clear that the Brewers are going for it hard this year. The price they'll pay is in the next few years...good for the Cubs.

Kudos to the Brewers for landing the player who is far and away likely the best player available this year. Sabathia instantly makes the Brewers a much scarier team-and the thought of Sabathia pitching in the "JV League" might give me nightmares tonight.

The question that now remains: how will Jim Hendry and the Cubs counter?

Comment (1)


July 7, 2008 at 7:51 AM

That's some serious brass the Brew-Crew traded away here. The Cubbies don't even have that equivalent in their farm system.. That's a scary proposition knowing we'll be seeing plenty of C.C. and Sheets down the stretch. And of course Fielder is the new cubbie killer.

Looking forward to a battle royale! Let's get Alfie back on the field, and let's get it on!