Just found out that the Dodgers have NOT made an offer and that they aren’t ABOUT to make an offer. This does not mean, however, that they WON’T make an offer at some point. The Dodgers ARE interested in CC Sabathia, and if you believe what you read just about everywhere these days, he is at least somewhat interested in them. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, especially given that the Yankees have offered what they reportedly have offered. … Also just found out that the Dodgers AREN’T talking to the Jays about Halladay. Oh, and there is apparently another report out there (I haven’t seen it, was just told about it) that they are in hot pursuit of Raul Ibanez, which would make no sense given that the last thing the Dodgers need is another outfielder (at least not another outfielder NOT named Manny Ramirez). There is no truth to that report, either.
The Times blog says they’re about to make an offer to CC Sabathia. The Newark Star-Ledger says it’s six years and between $110 million and $120 million, which is well short of the six years and $140 million the Yankees have offered, but CC is said to want to pitch in Southern California, where he reportedly recently purchased a home. I’m still trying to nail this down. The Star-Ledger also says the Dodgers might be involved in trade talks with Toronto for Roy Halladay, a deal that presumably would negate the need to go after Sabathia and might allow the Dodgers to continue to pursue Manny Ramirez, something signing Sabathia probably wouldn’t allow.
It became official about an hour ago. Here is the link to a story that was just posted on the web site of the Chicago Tribune, by my buddy Mark Gonzales, who covers the Sox. They WILL be joining the Dodgers in Glendale next spring, after all, so the Dodgers won’t have the place to themselves for the first year. The main point to take from this development, of course, is that now Tony only has to make TWO trips to Tucson next spring (when the Dodgers play the D-backs and Rockies) instead of FOUR (the White Sox will be the home team in two of their three meetings with the Dodgers, all three of which are now set for Glendale, not Tucson).
Here’s the link to a Chicago Tribune story. OK, it’s actually an AP story on the Chicago Tribune web site. But the Dodgers should know by Tuesday whether the White Sox will be able to join them at the new Glendale facility next spring or whether they won’t arrive until 2010.