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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-10-06

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-10-06
Do the Brewers have any chance of keeping CC Sabathia, who will be a free agent after the postseason? Logic says no. But Sabathia certainly doesn't sound opposed to the idea.

Sabathia, 28, who went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA and seven complete games in 17 starts after coming in a trade with Cleveland in early July, pitched a four-hitter Sept. 28 against the Cubs to put the Brewers in the playoffs. He confirmed he's willing to give the Brewers the first shot at signing him, though many in the industry believe the bidding starts at six years and $137.5 million, the deal the Mets gave to Johan Santana last winter.

"I'd be lying if I didn't say this was one of the better times of my career and my life," Sabathia said. "Coming here and meeting these guys and making some new friends, that will all factor into my decision this winter.

"I wouldn't (mind coming back). I enjoyed my time here. These guys are great, this clubhouse is awesome. This is an ideal environment. A young, talented team, great clubhouse. The guys get along, have fun."

Team owner Mark Attanasio indicated that he would make an honest attempt to keep Sabathia. He also made it clear that he understood the economic realities of paying huge money one player with the payroll limitations created by the revenue in this market.

"Sure, (Sabathia's interest) is encouraging," said Attanasio. "With free agents and everybody employed in major league baseball, it's a two-way street. If he weren't interested, there wouldn't be much for us to talk about at any price.

"I think this community has really embraced him. He has become, very quickly, a symbol for this team. I'm encouraged that he would listen to something. (General manager) Doug (Melvin) and I will go to work on that."

PHILLIES 6, BREWERS 2: It should have been no shock that the Phillies pounded RHP Jeff Suppan, ending the Brewers' season in Game 4 of the NL Division Series. Suppan gave up six hits, including three home runs, and five runs in three innings. The Phillies have had Suppan's number both this year and throughout his career. Suppan went 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA in three starts against Philly this year and is 3-7 with a 6.54 ERA in 13 career outings. Suppan also stumbled through the final month of the season, going 0-4 with a 9.25 ERA in six outings. He put the Brewers behind 5-0 after three innings, and Philadelphia RHP Joe Blanton made sure they never caught up.

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