Lots of talk around baseball that Cleveland will trade C.C. Sabathia during the season rather than letting him walk as a free agent. The idea is that the Indians would rather get two or three prospects now than two draft picks next June.
It makes sense, especially if the Indians continue to fade in the Central.
Would the Yankees be smart to try and pick him up knowing he will almost certainly become a free agent once the season is over?
They have the inventory (as Brian Cashman likes to call it) to make a deal. At this point, who is untouchable in their system?
This would be my untouchable list: Austin Jackson, Jesus Montero, Phil Hughes, Andrew Brackman and Mark Melancon
Other than that, have at ‘em.
That includes Jose Tabata, Brett Gardner, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, Ian Kennedy, Alan Horne, Dellin Betances, Jose Veras, etc.
Remember, this is C.C. Sabathia we’re talking about. The Indians aren’t taking Shelley Duncan and Scott Patterson for the Cy Young Award winner.
They’ll want at least one pitcher. Kennedy, Tabata and Betances. Would that get it done?
Tabata, Betances and Cano. Would you do that? Or do you stay away entirely?
Keep in mind: Whoever trades for Sabathia gets the draft picks when he walks. He’d be a rental but it’s not a total loss if he walks.