Before the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to take on almost $275 million in contracts from the Boston Red Sox, there were MLB rumors flying that they would be willing for to take on any big contract. In one circle of rumors, it appears that the team talked to the New York Yankees about a trade for CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira.
On the surface, that probably does not make a lot of sense. The Yankees are currently leading their division, so selling off some starters would be seen as a white flag move. It would certainly cause an uproar in New York, but there would be a reason for it.
Believe it or not, the Yankees want to trim money off of the payroll and the two aforementioned players cost a lot of money. Teixeira may be a good player, but he is in decline. It’s the same thing with Sabathia. They are good players, but Father Time is slowly closing in on them. The Yankees do not want to be weighed down by bloated contracts that could hold the franchise back for the next few years.
These rumors apparently never got past the talking stage, but it is something interesting to talk about. It confirms two things to me: the Dodgers are willing to spend money like it is going out of style and it also confirms that the Yankees might make a move to trade a big contract in the coming offseason.