Sunday, July 6, 2008

UPDATE:CC to Brewers reported as done deal

UPDATE: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt is now reporting that the deal of CC Sabathia to the Brewers for outfielder Matt LaPorta and two other prospects is done - pending completion of paperwork and physicals.

Earlier in the day the story was reported as done, by, which later backed off that report.

Below is my earlier post which also contains some thoughts on the perfect new home for Jhonny Peralta.

I've been staying out of the CC to be traded any second now rumors, mostly because everyone else with a computer seems to be posting, rehashing and embellishing every rumor out there. Why add to the clutter?

But tonight there appears to be some evidence that tomorrow may be the day that Sabathia becomes a Milwaukee Brewer.'s Anthony Castrovince posted earlier today that a trade of Sabathia for Double-A slugging outfielder Matt LaParta and two other prospects would head to Cleveland in return for CC.

But a few hours later Castrovince pulled back on that story quite a bit, reporting that Tribe GM Mark Shapiro was denying that a deal had been cut.

Meanwhile, Brewer beat writer Tom Haudricourt - who has been all over this story - reports that "a reporter in Cleveland" told Haudricourt there are "indications" the Tribe is preparing a press conference for tomorrow - an off day.

In addition, FOX Sports is reporting the Dodgers have apparently dropped out of the CC sweepstakes.

Even if the Dodgers have dropped out of the CC race, it's still possible the Indians could get their hands on one of the Dodgers prospects who are either MLB-ready or already in the bigs.

Let me emphasize that this is purely wishful thinking on my part, added to some deductive reasoning. There is nothing to support this other than common sense. Let me say for a third time, I'm making this up, but it makes a lot of sense.

According the the Dodgers team site on, Dodger GM Ned Colletti now appears ready to give up one of his ripened prospects for an offensive-minded SS.

Any misspelled first names come to mind Tribe fans?

LA needs a SS to replace Rafael Furcal, who will be out at least eight weeks with a back injury.

Anybody like to see any of the following in a Tribe uni for the rest of this year and beyond: Matt Kemp, James Loney, Andre Ethier and Andy LaRoche. Kemp and Ethier are outfielders, Loney is a 1B and LaRoche is a 3B - all positions of need for the Tribe.

Andruw Jones' return from injury could make it easier for the Dodgers to shake loose Either Kemp or Either.

I wouldn't trade either one for Jhonny Peralta if I were the Dodgers, but they do now have a gaping hole at SS, Joe Torre does like his veterans and Peralta beat up Torre's former team in the AL playoffs last year. And it is tough to find an experienced replacement for your SS mid-season.

Personally, I don't think there's any chance the Dodgers trade Kemp, and with LaPorta possibly coming from Milwaukee I think the Tribe should try to land Loney. I wouldn't do it if I were the Dodgers. But sometimes a pressing need alters your thinking.

Now if we can only find takers for Byrd, Dellucci and Garko....

1 comment:

the moose said...

seems they pushed the button quickly. why nobody that could help the team now. who are these guys

better hope this OF is a cant miss - is in a marte ?