With the many twists and turns -- and contradictory stories -- we receive from the Winter Meetings, it's quite the roller-coaster ride for fans. As the meetings conclude, however, the story for each pitcher is looking pretty similar.
The Yankees are confident they have the highest bid, which isn't really all too surprising. The Orioles have all-but-backed-out of talks, the Mets won't be jumping in, and the Braves have only offered four years.
The Braves are not interested, the Mets are out, he's not going back to Los Angeles, and the Phillies have denied their once-rumored offer. Contrary to some earlier whispers, the Yankees will not necessarily be stopping their pursuit with a Burnett signing.
So, here we sit. The Yankees made the biggest splash at the meetings this week by signing The Big Prize of the free agent market, in CC Sabathia. Assuming the Yankees land these two free agents as well, and it looks like they will, we are looking at one stout rotation as they head into their new home this season.
I'm sure for Yankees fans it rolls quite kindly off the lips ...
You have to give them credit. They needed to shore up the starting pitching, and attacked these three guys with everything they had. Of course, they have a ton more money than everyone else. When these three guys officially sign -- and again, I'm pretty sure they will -- the baseball world is going to be treated with a bunch of whining about what's wrong with baseball.
The Yankees just get to buy all the good players!
It's not accurate, nor does this guarantee they win. Just remember, when you are enduring this idiocy, that the Tampa Bay Rays were in the World Series last season, while the Yankees didn't even make the playoffs. Big spending doesn't necessarily translate to winning.
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