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Offline Zero2Cool  
#1 Posted : Friday, October 31, 2008 7:45:28 PM(UTC)

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- CC Sabathia will soon be receiving a contract offer from the Milwaukee Brewers.

"We're prepared to do something with him here very shortly. He'll probably be getting ready to file for free agency but I don't expect an answer real soon," general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday.

Sabathia has until Nov. 13 to file for free agency and can start negotiating with all teams the following day. The Brewers are hopeful that he'll remain with the small-market franchise, which advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

"He's not going to be a guy who is going to have 27 phone calls. He's only going to get five," Melvin said. "If he's going to demand the money he's going to demand, he'll get a lot less phone calls than maybe even Ray Durham or somebody like that that we have."

Milwaukee acquired Sabathia from Cleveland for four top prospects on July 7, and he went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 17 starts, including seven complete games. That run could get him a contract topping the record for a pitcher, Johan Santana's $137.5 million, six-year agreement with the New York Mets.

While young stars Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks and Yovani Gallardo will return, up to 12 players are eligible for free agency, including Ben Sheets. Milwaukee holds options on center fielder Mike Cameron ($10 million) and closer Salomon Torres ($3.75 million).

Milwaukee on Friday declined a $3.4 million option on infielder Craig Counsell, who gets a $400,000 buyout. Melvin will continue to negotiate with Counsell, who grew up in suburban Milwaukee. The 13-year veteran hit .226 with one homer and 14 RBIs in 110 games.

Besides Sabathia, Cameron and Sheets figure to draw the most interest as free agents.

"Our roster will change dramatically," Melvin said. "We'll make an offer to CC, we'll see how that goes, but the other part of it is we're going to have to turn the roster over like Oakland had" to.

I'm thinking there's a better chance of me getting drafted by the Brewers than CC signing with us. :(

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#2 Posted : Friday, October 31, 2008 7:48:34 PM(UTC)

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CC has filed for free agency they said so i'm with you zero i have a better chance of signing a 65 million 6 year contract to qb the packers then the brewers getting cc

Just Imagine this for the next 6-9 years. What a ride it will be :)
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#3 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 10:58:59 AM(UTC)

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I would love to see CC sign a five year contract with the brewers. This guy flat out layed it on the line for the Brewers this season and did everthing possible to help the brewers into the playoffs. Hell he even swings a mean bat. The Brewers could pull a deal off for CC by letting GAG-ME and Sheets hit the streets. They both let the team down most of the year.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, November 1, 2008 12:33:15 PM(UTC)

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give him a % of ownership to the brewers...

along with the 18 mill or what ever
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