If the Yankees are planning to make a push for C.J. Wilson, the Rangers might be ready to turn the tables.
A source tells Wallace Matthews that the Rangers could make a significant bid for CC Sabathia, assuming Sabathia opts out of his contract with the Yankees.
“I hear they’re going to throw a boatload of money at him,” the source said, “But I think he’ll stay with the Yankees. He’s talked so much about how much he loves New York, and besides, the Yankees can’t afford to lose him from that pitching staff.”
If Sabathia does hit the open market, my guess is a lot of teams will try to “throw a boatload of money at him.” Elite starting pitchers aren’t hitting the open market too often these days, and Sabathia would certainly be the best one available this winter.
All the more reason for the Yankees to lockup a deal before Sabathia hits the market. And, frankly, all the more reason for Sabathia to opt out and cash in.