The biggest move this off season yet, the New York Yankees sign free agent left-handed starter, CC Sabathia, to at least six years and over $150 million dollar deal. The best free agent on the market this year, he pitched for the Cleveland Indians since 2001 until he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in July of this year. He was dominant in his stint with the Brewers going 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 17 starts and helped lead them to the playoffs. This deal would surpass the highest paid contract that was set last year by the New York Mets signing Johan Santana.
The Yankees are trying to rebuild their rotation from a dismal year last season, battling injuries and poor performance. This is their biggest signing since Roger Clemens in 1999, which the Yankees went to win three straight World Series (one in 1998). Sabathia would be the number one starter follow by either Chien-Ming Wang, a resigned Andy Pettitte, or another free agent starter. If the Yankees can get all four of these guys and one of their young prospects, their rotation would be a force to reckon with in the AL east.
The Rays can count facing the best rotations in the Majors with Red Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays having top pitchers, young stars, and consistent four and five starters.