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Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 6:02 pm
 
Sabathia

By Evan Brunell


The opt-out clause in CC Sabathia's contract will kick in after the season, giving Sabathia a chance to hit the free-agent market and potentially leave New York.

Don't bet on Sabathia actually leaving New York, as he's made his home in the city and is the "heart of this team," as one Yankee put it to SI.com's Jon Heyman. Exercising that opt-out clause, though?

That's "100 percent" happening, a competing AL executive said.

"It was negotiated into the deal,'' another AL executive added. 'It would make no sense not to take advantage of it.''

At the crux of this issue is Sabatha's remaining contract after 2011, which is a four-year, $92 million commitment. Meanwhile, Cliff Lee, two years older than Sabathia, had a seven-year, $148 million offer on the table from the Yankees in the offseason. Why wouldn't Sabathia want to lock into that type of payday? There's no sense in him waiting another four years -- especially if he wants to stay in New York -- because the volatility of pitchers demand that you lock in guaranteed money when you can.

Sabathia, for his part, has constantly deferred questions about his clause, even going so far as to give the impression that he wouldn't use the opt-out clause. Let's be clear for a moment: Sabathia will opt out. There's no reason for him not to, unless he suffers some type of devastating injury between now and the day he files for free agency. He will be at zero risk for losing money and will have the Yankees in a tough bind, who already have significant concerns about their rotation and an unimpressive free agent market for starting pitchers. Japanese sensation Yu Darvish is expected to come stateside, while Texas lefty C.J. Wilson will also be available. Um, that's about it.

Sabathia recently said he hoped that the Yankees would give him two or three extra years, the most obvious indication yet that Sabathia will seek a new contract for at least six or seven years' length.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:16 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:27 am
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

The yankee season is over?? thats what you hope...the good thing about the yankees is they will ALWAYS make moves. no yankee season is ever over this early.

If you don't see the difference between this year's Yankee team and every other Yankee season then ok.....  but I do.  How many holes do you think you're going to fill during one season?  Their pitching staff beyond a couple guys is suspect at best.... and they have some hitters they insist on playing quite a bit that are way past their prime..... \



Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

Yeah... 27 world titles, in any sport, kind of gives the fans a right to brag. Philly fans must still be hurting from losing to the Yankees for #27 two years ago and then follow up with a beatdown by SF last year... but don't live in the past!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

The yankee season is over?? thats what you hope...the good thing about the yankees is they will ALWAYS make moves. no yankee season is ever over this early.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

At least Sabathia has earned a reputation of being in shape every season.......... What a tub

He looks out of shape but his last 4 season numbers speak for themselves.  Just eyeballed it but here are his approximate averages for the last 4 seasons.. and a couple weren't with new york....  an average era of barely above 3.... about 210 strikeouts.... about 240 innings pitched per season...and 18 or 19 wins per year on average with no less then 17 wins in any of those last 4 years... 

Guess what would means?  Another crazy contract coming up..... anytime a pitcher would be the ace on at least 20 teams in MLB you can be sure he's going to get anything he wants.... and he's only 30 years old?? Am I right on that??  Because if that's the case, it's even more automatic he gets his money.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

None of this matters at all.  The Yankees season is done and we're only just past the quarter mark to the year.  This starting yankee pitching staff is the worst its ever been.... don't be fooled by washed up colon's numbers.. that's more like mirage then anything else.  He got smoked yesterday and he has a lot more of those coming.  The Yankees only have one dependable pitcher on their staff in CC and he's opting out after this season.  Like it or not CC will get a 5 or 6 year deal for somewhere around 125-150 million dollars.  If it's the Yankees, ok.  If not then it'll be somewhere else.   I'm not a Yankee fan at all but CC is a great pitcher... he's gonna get paid....



Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 1:51 am
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

ok im tired of hearing this "sabathia wantsa lee type deal" crap. 92/4 = 23million a year. Lees deal is 125/5 = 25 millions a year. Sabathia is only making 2 million less then lee would be making yearly if you divided its overall value/year. sabathia isnt even as good as lee either. lee is atleast million dollars better then sabathi. so everyone quit saying this crap that sabathia is trying to get " a lee deal". HAHAH its hilarious. this stuff is just being said because NY fans are in denial that there only reliable pitcher is leaving after this year. Think about it people....... The only reason sabathia would be opting out for contract reasons would be cause he wants to get more years not because he thinks he deserves more money then lee. Unlees for some reason he heard pujols is demanding 30 million a year and then cc decided that he thought he deserved more cause he is the best player in baseball hahahah. NO people he doesnt want to play for an aging team thats stuck going backwards. he will go to another team and it will probably be for just about what the yankees are paying him now. HAHAHAHAHA but atleast you guys have them 27 titles right????


philsfan1
Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:55 pm
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Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:37 pm
 

Sabathia likely to use opt-out; seek more years

Seriously, I guess I read too many stories on here but I was driving around today in Northern NJ and I was thinking and this thought entered my mind that some people who post comments on here are pretty memorable, either good or bad.  Yes, I know, if you have ever drivenNorthernNJyou know how one’s mind can wonder as you drive past one long row of wilderness after another.  One guy popped in my mind as someone I always see postings his "thoughts" and sure enough I read this story and he is at it again tonight posting a Zito for Sabathia trade and comparison but I know LUMPOCO says this stuff in jest because some of the stuff he says is totally off the wall some thanks for the laughs lumpy keep up the good work! 

With all of that being said, the Yanks will give him a Lee type deal if he ops out so why not?



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