With our Tribe (and company) recap coming a bit later today, I found this small blurb by Will Carroll from Baseball Prospectus.
On June 13, 1984, the Indians traded Rick Sutcliffe to the Cubs. He made 20 starts, going 16-1 with seven complete games and won the Cy Young in the NL.
On July 7, 2008, the Indians traded CC Sabathia to the Brewers. He’s made 8 starts, going 7-0 with four complete games.
With eight likely starts, perhaps as many as ten if the Brewers shorten up their rotation and Sabathia’s rest, he has a chance to approximate Sutcliffe’s numbers and perhaps his run at the Cy Young.
I’m unsure how many (if any) players have won the Cy Young in back-to-back seasons for different leagues, but I’m sure that possibility is not far off given CC’s dominance since being dealt about a month ago. Given that the Tribe has won five of their last six, and we received solid long-term value for Sabathia, I am not about to rant and rave about how this could be helping us right now. Obviously, the Brewers and Tribe are in two totally different situations. Ultimately, this deal will go down as one that helped both teams.
Now, I’m just awaiting the final amount of money that Sabathia will receive come this offseason. As Carroll mentioned, it will likely be more than the $2 million per year that Sutcliffe signed the year after his Cy Young award.