Giants and Yankees Talk Phillies Rotation
CC Sabathia, Joe Girardi and Bruce Bochy had Cliff Lee and the Phillies on their minds today.
Here is what they said:
Bochy, on the Phillies’ rotation: “Because of track record, I think you have to look at their staff as the best staff in baseball.”
Bochy, on Giants fans bristling at that statement: “That’s because of track record. … We’re certainly proud of our staff. I still don’t think they ever quite got the credit they deserved.”
Sabathia, on Lee’s decision to sign with the Phillies: “Cliff’s decision didn’t surprise me, because I had talked to him a couple days before. It was something he was familiar with in Philly. He loved it there, his family loved it there, and it’s always easier to go back to a place where you’ve had success and you’re familiar. You can’t blame him for that.”
Sabathia, on trying to sell Lee on New York: “What is there to sell? He knows what this organization is about, what this city is about and how we do business. It was something he was familiar with, he had success there. If there had been an opportunity for me to go back to Cleveland, it probably would have been a harder decision for me to come here. It was one of those things where he had been there before, he loved it and it was the right situation.”
Girardi, on Lee’s decision: “(Lee) I think everyone always assumes that when the Yankees go after someone, they’re necessarily going to get them. The one thing that I’ve always said is that it’s a two way street. It’s not like you have control over that player. He’s not under your control so it has to be a two-way street where Cliff accepts our offer and wants to come here. He obviously chose to go to Philadelphia and that was his choice. I really never assume that we’re going to get anyone. The only guys I know that we have in that room are the guys that are either signed or under six years in a sense.
“He was a starter that you would have penciled in and we would have known four of our starters going into spring training and we would have had probably an open competition for the fifth. Now we pretty much know three. But if you added Cliff Lee, you’re probably not able to add some of the other pieces that we were able to add, a guy like Rafael Soriano. Where there’s questions about our starting rotation, if we were to add Cliff Lee, there would have been questions probably about our bullpen more.”
Thanks to MLB.com teammates Bryan Hoch and Chris Haft for these quotes.