In the latest ESPN the Magazine (11/3/08), Buster Olney has a piece "Countdown to the Hot Stove League" in which he opines on Jake Peavy (likely a Brave in 2009), other out-of-nowhere teams (a la the 2008 Rays) in 2009 (Marlins, Indians, Padres, and A's), and the following on the two biggest free agent names this off-season:
[CC] Sabathia was going to cash in this winter no matter what, but he increased his value even more by hoisting the Brewers onto his broad shoulders and carrying them into the playoffs, pitch counts be damned. If the 28-year-old lefty wants the biggest deal, the Yankees are prepared to offer a king's ransom, plus New Jersey. But all things being equal, Sabathia would prefer to go home to California and play in the NL, where the .261 career hitter can swing the bat. If you were the Dodgers and had $100 million-plus to spend, would you invest in the volatile and unpredictable [Manny] Ramírez, or in the younger and more team-oriented Sabathia? It's a no-brainer.
Man, I am honestly really torn on this one. We could use an ace like Sabathia, sure. But we also need some pop in the lineup and Manny, headcase and all, has been one hell of an offensive spark. Which one to pursue?!
The only thing I do know is, whenever Ned Colletti and Frank McCourt have had large sums of money to spend, they've spent it foolishly or at best unluckily (Jason Schmidt, Juan Pierre, Andruw Jones). So I guess whichever one we get, if at all, is probably destined to bomb with us in 2009.