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).
This one comes to us from espn.com, and it says the Red Sox were ready to suspend Manny for his unwillingness to play in the final days before his trade to the Dodgers.