In the past couple of months, they have acquired a number of veteran players, including first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, left fielder Carl Crawford, center fielder Shane Victorino, starting pitcher Josh Beckett, and starting pitcher Joe Blanton.
The latest trade, in which they acquired Gonzalez, Crawford, and Beckett, will commit the Los Angeles Dodgers to more than a quarter of a billion dollars in salaries over the next several seasons.
Now reports have circulated that the Dodgers are interested in a pair of the New York Yankees superstars, first baseman Mark Teixeira and ace CC Sabathia.
Teixeira is in the fourth year of an eight-year contract that pays him $180 million, or $22.5 million per season. He is batting .255 with 23 home runs and 81 runs batted in this season.
Sabathia is in the first year of a five-year, $122 million extension, which pays him $23 million from 2012 to 2015, $25 million in 2016, and a guaranteed $25 million option for 2017 if he does not suffer an injury. He is 13-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts this season.
I would be beyond shocked if the Yankees allowed Teixeira and Sabathia to walk. Teixeira is their best power hitter, ever since Alex Rodriguez stopped taking steroids, and Sabathia is the heart and soul of the pitching staff. The Yankees are in first place in the American League East and have as good of a chance as any team in baseball to win the World Series. They’re not just going to give up two of their best players.
Besides, Gonzalez and Teixeira both play first base. How would that work out?
It doesn’t matter though because you can take it to the bank that it’s not going to happen. Both Teixeira and Sabathia have no-trade clauses and they’re not going to approve a deal, and the Yankees have said that they’re not going to trade either player.
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