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The rainout and its ramifications, CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano

Still here in St. Louis, and yeah, they absolutely could have played Game 6 last night. The rain never advanced past, let's say, a biting drizzle.

But Major League Baseball called an early postponement, and I wrote that it was the right call

People will forget shortly that baseball prolonged its season by a day with a questionable read on the weather. But people will never forget, for instance, Game 5 of the 2008 World Series, when Bud Selig and the umpires allowed play to occur in ridiculously brutal conditions before suspending play - conveniently enough, after Tampa Bay tied the score.

At first blush, you'd say the extra day off helps St. Louis. The Cardinals and Tony La Russa get to move further away from their abysmal, bizarre Game 5 loss, and Chris Carpenter now can start tomorrow night's Game 7 on three days' rest if his teammates can get to a Game 7.

Texas intends to stick with Game 3 starter Matt Harrison for Game 7, even though Harrison got shelled in Game 3 whereas Derek Holland (who would be available on four days' rest tomorrow night) dominated the Cards in Game 4. This is consistent with Ron Washington, though. He believes in his guys, and they largely reward him for such faith. You'd think that, with Holland available, Harrison would be on a short leash.

But we'll explore those issues more tomorrow, if necessary. For now, the onus is on Jaime Garcia to replicate his Game 2 start, and on Lance Berkman, more than anyone else, to make the Rangers pay for pitching around Albert Pujols.

--The Yankees' head honchos met in Tampa, and the strategy on CC Sabathia appears pretty clear:

1) Make Sabathia an offer in the neighborhood of six years and $150 million.

2) When he turns it down and opts out of his contract, do the old "Go out there and try and top it" trick that worked relatively well last year with Derek Jeter.

I suppose Sabathia could accept an offer before he opts out. But that would surprise most industry folks. Ever since Sabathia changed his tune from "I'm not going anywhere" to "We'll see" back in spring training, the opt-out seemed extremely likely.

--One item that the Yankees surely did not discuss for any length of time was tearing up Robinson Cano's two options and giving him a fresh new contract. Why in the world would they do that? Cano, at $14 million in 2012 and $15 million in 2013, is a great deal. They can worry about his free agency after '13, at which point Cano will be 31.

Why is it an issue at all? That's an easy one. Scott Boras is now Cano's agent - Cano switched last winter - and he doesn't get the commission for the two options. That's why Boras told the New York Post that he called Brian Cashman about this.

Gotta love Boras' chutzpah; we're talking about an agent so good at his job that he got the Yankees to pay over $11 million per season to someone who will report to spring training as the team's seventh-inning setup man. In this case, though, I don't see him making money off Cano until after 2013.

--Have a great day.




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