Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 25 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
There is no doubt that the biggest free agent on the market in both quality and quantity, was one Chad Candy Sabathia. The Yankees ended up signing him after they arm wrestled themselves, and apparently having the wealthier arm win. Sabathia gives the Yankees perhaps what they've always wanted: a power left-handed pitcher. They tried with Randy Johnson, but after discovering for themselves his sociopathic tendencies and his inability to pitch effectively in the AL East at his age, they had to deem their experiment a failure. Sabathia split last season between Cleveland and Milwaukee going 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA with Cleveland, and then 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA for Milwaukee. By all accounts, he got off to a rough start in Cleveland. In his first 4 games he gave up 27 runs, good for a 13.50 ERA. He quickly pulled it together just in time to be traded to Milwaukee, whom he lead to the post season. Sabathia's post season numbers were not pretty however lasting just 3.2 innings and giving up 5 runs. Perhaps the 253 innings finally caught up with him? Maybe, but Sabathia's post season performances have been less than good. Perhaps this will be the year he reverses that?
My Fearless Prediction:
Sabathia will win 18 games, but throw far less innings than last season. His ERA will sit in the mid 3's. Post season? I think he'll struggle the first start but then pull it together thereafter.
Little Known Sabathia Fact:
He pitches lefty but is actually right handed. When he turns 40 he plans to reveal to the world that he's actually right handed, and then start throwing with that arm. He will effectively extend his career another 10 years as a power righty, when at the age of 50 he'll reveal that it was all a joke, and then pitch with his unused and extremely well rested left arm for another 10 years.