This and every weekday a.m. during Major League Baseball's winter meetings, let's rise and shine together with the latest news and rumors of news coming from the Las Vegas desert. Today's Roll Call starts near San Francisco, actually, where Yankees general manager Brian Cashman signed CC Sabathia and is going after more big-name starting pitchers.
Deal of the Day: CC to Yanks; Opt-out clause key
Just when it looked like the Yankees might come away empty in the CC Sabathia sweepstakes, Cashman put on his best stalker suit and followed the gigantic left-hander to his home in the Bay Area. Cashman, who offered $140 million to CC almost a month ago, apparently helped ease Sabathia's fears about playing in the Bronx by adding another year and $21 more million to the deal. New York isn't as big and scary for $161 mil. What is big and scary: what the Yankees might do next.
Jon Heyman of SI.com says that the Yanks also might be fixing to sign A.J. Burnett and — AND — Derek Lowe. That would improve slightly on their 2008 rotation of Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte and Darrell Rasner three times.
What's the deals?:
- The Orioles traded Ramon Hernandez and some money to the Reds for Ryan Freel, who celebrated the move by diving head-first down his icy driveway (not really).
- Alan Embree signed with the Rockies, his 41st major league team.
- The Dodgers signed Casey Blake and Mark Loretta, but not Manny.
- The Mets gave K-Rod a fourth vesting year in his deal, making it worth as much as $51 million.
He said it: "If I can make it there, I can make it anywhere." — Frank Sinatra