So we have entered the offseason for Major League Baseball and the winter meetings are upon us. Typically there is a lot of non-sensical trade feelers thrown around at these meetings with few of them actually having any teeth... So, I would like to play devil's advocate for a second here and see how likely or unlikely the following situation is:
My first Improbable Prediction for 2011: The New York Yankees' pitching rotation will consist of CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, and Zack Greinke... Follow my reasoning after the jump below:
- We know that CC will be a Yankee for the foreseeable future - no mystery there.
- We also know that the Yankees can offer more money to Cliff Lee than any other team in baseball - again, no mystery, the only question is whether Lee will take the big big money and how much it will be...
- The dark-horse in this whole thought experiment is Zack Geinke.
- He is good - very good - and the Yankees should always want to add someone of his pitching caliber to their roster (duh).
- Recent reports suggest that his no-trade list is not quite indicative of his desire to stay low profile and away from big markets, but rather is to give him bargaining power if a trade becomes possible. It seems likely that his desire to play with a winner is stronger than some assumed and that his anxiety issues of the past are manageable and not a concern (to him at least).
- The Yankees have excellent prospects and players to offer a trade in exchange for one of the best young pitchers in baseball.
- Zack's contract is no problem for the Yankees to take on and is quite team friendly for a large market team
- The Yankees sign Cliff Lee
- The Yankees trade a sizable package to acquire Zack Greinke
- The Yankees would instantly be World Series favorites (big leap of faith there huh?)
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