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Sabathia is smart to take his time

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 09, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Based on my e-mails, many of you seem quite impatient with Mr. Sabathia.

Can somebody explain why? A player waits six years to become a free agent, six years of basically working for under the market rate. For a player like Sabathia, the Indians and Brewers benefited greatly from his services at a relatively low cost.

Now he’s a free agent. It’s a time he and his agents have been preparing for. To date, Sabathia has two offers.

So he should just take the first offer?

You go into a car dealer and pick out a car. The dealer says “This car costs $40,000 and I refuse to negotiate.”

What are you doing then? Pulling out your checkbook? Probably not. You go look for a better deal. If you can’t find one, you can always go back.

Spring training starts in two months. Not two weeks. Sabathia realizes he needs to pick a team. But why would he not give the market a chance to develop?

This is what I always ask people: What if your son was in the same position? Would you counsel him to take less money than what his value could be? Look at it this way: Sabathia played last season for $11 million. That’s the same salary Carl Pavano received.

Pavano got his through free agency. Now this is Sabathia’s chance. It would be irresponsible and stupid of him not to take his time with this decision.




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