Let me throw a few dates at you.
Feb. 11 or 12: Spring training starts.
April 6: Opening Day.
Nov. 19: Today.
What’s your rush? I was out for a while this afternoon and listened to both WFAN and ESPN 1050. Then I got home and flipped through some comments and read my e-mail. Everybody wants the roster set now. People seem almost insulted that the Yankees haven’t signed anybody yet.
Greg Genske, who is the agent for CC Sabathia, has the perfect storm working for him. His client had a wonderful season, he’s a great teammate and many of the best teams in baseball need a starting pitcher. If you were Greg, why in the word would you accept the first offer?
I’m not an agent. But even a dope like me knows you can’t just take the first offer. Is Genske supposed to call CC and say, “Hey, pal, listen. The Yankees offered $140 million. I have no idea yet what other teams could do. But let’s just take this. I want to take my cut and go to the Bahamas.”
Meanwhile, if you were Theo Epstein and a reporter called you and asked if you wanted A.J. Burnett, what would you say? You’re going to say you are, whether you are or not. That could lead the Yankees, Blue Jays or Orioles having to spend more on him. And every dime they spend on Burnett is a dime they can’t spend someplace else.
The same is true of agents. You want the world to believe that every team wants your client.
As for trades, think of it like buying a car. What happens when you stand up and walk out the dealership? The salesman comes chasing after you with a lower price. That’s what the Braves are doing with the Padres and Jake Peavy.
Look at those dates again. There is no benefit whatsoever to having your roster set on Nov. 19. But there is a lot of benefit in waiting to make sure there is not something better out there.
If the Yankees don’t have a solid rotation on Jan. 19, feel free to panic. But until then, don’t overreact to every piece of news out there. It’s just silly.