Brewers-bound?

Indians reportedly deal left-handed ace Sabathia

Baseball Notes

July 07, 2008

It looks as if the next time C.C. Sabathia takes the mound, he will be wearing a Milwaukee Brewers jersey.

The Brewers and the Cleveland Indians agreed in principle to a deal for the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner yesterday, sources told ESPN The Magazine. The deal is contingent on paperwork being finished and the exchange of medical records.

The trade was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In a text message to ESPN.com, Sabathia all but confirmed the deal.

"I'm good, excited," he wrote. "It's weird leaving these guys."

Cleveland would get minor league outfielder Matt LaPorta, who is hitting .288 with 20 homers and 66 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Huntsville, and others. The other players do not include top prospects Alcides Escobar or Mat Gamel, according to the Journal Sentinel.

A source told ESPN that the deal includes pitcher Rob Bryson, who is 3-2 with 4.25 ERA this season with low Single-A affiliate West Virginia.

Sabathia went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA last season and would give the Brewers another power pitcher to pair with Ben Sheets as Milwaukee tries to make the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

The big left-hander is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA this season for the Indians and has been hampered by a lack of run support. In 11 of his 18 starts, Cleveland has scored two runs or fewer for him.

Yankees -- Third baseman Alex Rodriguez's wife will file for divorce today, according to media reports. Cynthia Rodriguez, who married the star player in 2002, said the marriage is over because of his extramarital affairs, according to reports that appeared yesterday on the Web sites of Houston television station KTRK and The Miami Herald. The reports come just days after Alex Rodriguez was linked to pop singer Madonna in various media outlets. The former Cynthia Scurtis and Rodriguez were married Nov. 2, 2002, in Dallas. They have two children, Natasha Alexander and Ella Alexander, who was born April 21.

More Yankees -- Johnny Damon went on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career after 13 1/2 seasons. The outfielder sprained and bruised his left shoulder when he crashed into the left-field fence against the Red Sox on Friday. New York recalled outfielder Justin Christian from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Phillies -- Closer Brad Lidge signed a three-year, $37.5 million extension. The right-hander, 31, is 2-0 with 19 saves in as many chances in his first season with the team.

Mariners -- Left-hander Erik Bedard (6-4, 3.67 ERA), acquired from the Orioles in the offseason, will have his next start pushed back a couple of days after experiencing tightness in his throwing shoulder.

Nationals -- Outfielder Elijah Dukes will be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a knee injury suffered in a 3-2 loss to the Reds on Saturday.

Et cetera -- Lance Berkman, held out of the Astros' lineup with a sore left eye, pinch hit in the 15th inning of the team's 7-6, 17-inning loss to the Braves and flied out. ... The Braves will place utility player Omar Infante (hamstring) and relievers Jeff Bennett (arm) and Manny Acosta (hamstring) on the DL today. ... Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder, who has appeared twice in relief, will return to the rotation Wednesday.

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