All-Star pitcher CC Sabathia badly wanted to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was a free agent in 2008, but the Dodgers didn’t have enough money to sign him at the time.
CC talked about that free agency in his book, also featured on The Athletic. In that conversation about his free agency after the 2008 season, CC talked about how badly he wanted to come back to California and play for the Dodgers.
Oh, I was playing for the Dodgers. No question. That was where I was going next. Because I was from Cali. Because L.A. was just far away enough from home. I wanted to play for one of the historic teams and have a chance to win all the time.
During that 2008 season, the Dodgers season ended after a loss to the Phillies in the NLCS. Once it was known he wasn't going to the Dodgers, C.C. ended up signing that seven-year deal worth $161 million.
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