So why didn't Sabathia sign with the Angels?
"It just didn't feel right," said Sabathia (8-5, 3.70 ERA), who starts against the Angels tomorrow. "I was at the point where I wanted a chance to win every year and it's kind of hard not to pick [the Yankees]." NY Post 7/11
Hmmm. Maybe his agent should've had the ESPN (the Magazine) do his research for him CC wants to win every year. Let's take a look at who he's going to battle with for the next 7years:
Derek -- 35 (signed through 2010 and beyond?)
Damon -- 35 (signed through 2009...Yankees are catching a break here)
Matsui -- 35 (signed through 2009...ditto)
Posada - 37 going on 38 (signed through 2011...good thing Matsui's deal is up freeing up the DH role for Jorge)
Arod -- 34 (signed through the second coming...although let's see how the post steroid era treats golden boy)
Mariano -- 39!! (signed through 2010...he;s still very good, but fragile and who's taking his place? Joba? Hughes?)
Andy -- 37 (this is the end of the ride for Andy. At least he eeked out $7-10MM for his last hurrah)
This team is positively creaky. I've seen Oldtimer's Games with younger players. Granted, Tex is young and very good. But does he have the mental make-up to anchor a team? Cano is above average when his head is out of his ass. But the rest? Melky? Gardner? Cervelli? Igawa (remember him? Signed through 2011 -- this cracks me up)? If winning every year was the criteria, this was not the team to go to. Be honest CC, $167/7 was the only reason.