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Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 8:16 pm
 
CC Sabathia is staying with the Yankees.

Sabathia announced his decision early Monday evening via his own website, saying that he has agreed to a contract extension and that he hopes to finish his career as a Yankee. According to sources, the one-year extension guarantees Sabathia another $30 million, on top of the $92 million the Yankees already owed him for the final four years of his contract. It includes a vesting option for a sixth-year, which would bring the entire package to $142 million.

Essentially, the 31-year-old left-hander has a new five-year deal for $122 million guaranteed.

Sabathia originally came to the Yankees as a free agent three years ago, signing a seven-year, $161 million deal that was the biggest ever for a pitcher. To convince Sabathia to agree to the contract, and to overcome any reservations he had about coming to New York, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman added a clause giving Sabathia the right to opt out after three years.

As it turned out, Sabathia and his family liked New York, and he helped the Yankees to a World Series title in his first season. And the opt-out clause became simply a way for Sabathia to get more money, rather than an escape clause.

Sabathia and the Yankees faced a Monday night deadline, although technically the pitcher could have opted out by the deadline and still signed a contract with the Yankees after becoming a free agent.

The Yankees had little choice but to retain Sabathia, because neither the free-agent market nor the trade market seemed to include any starters who could successfully take his place at the top of their rotation. With Sabathia off the market, the best free-agent pitchers available are C.J. Wilson, Edwin Jackson and Mark Buehrle, none of whom profiles as a true ace.

Sabathia is 59-23 in his three years with the Yankees, with a 3.18 ERA over 101 starts. The only pitcher in the major leagues with more wins in that span is the Tigers' Justin Verlander, who is 61-23 with a 3.08 ERA.

Sabathia put on considerable weight during the 2011 season, and Yankee officials whispered concern about whether committing too many more long-term dollars to him made sense. But their rotation needs help even with Sabathia, and no matter how heavy he was, he was still one of the very best starting pitchers in baseball this season.


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Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

The Wall St protestors ought move over and camp out in front of CC's house. Seriously.



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:55 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

OH, AND , please don't lump all of us New Yorker's together with one moron who lives here.  While it does take a certain amount of balls to succeed in New York, I don't doubt Verlander's ability to pitch anywhere.  As a Yankee's fan I can tell you that Verlander deserves the CY Young over C.C. because I've got class and half a brain.  If you can make it here, you CAN make it anywhere.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:55 pm
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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:50 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Ok, one down, but what are we going to do about the other 4 rotation spots?  Big concerns next season and there aren't many good arms out there for the taking.  We're not getting any younger either.



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Great job by the Yankees and Sabathia on this one.  The Yanks front office avoided a drawn-out dispute, and now they dont have to worry about overpaying for some mid-level free agent. Also getting Sabathia to agree to a 5 year deal is phenomanal.  The last thing I wanted to see was another 7-10 year A-Rod type deal.   Although he has struggled in the post-season the last couple of years, he is still a big-time ace and there have never been any questions about the man's durability over the course of his career.  Now we just have to hope for Nova's continued improvement, a resurrection of Phil Hughes, and the development of Manny Banuelos, and things will be looking up(as always) for years to come in the Bronx!!



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Only a New Yorker would say something as dumb as "Verlander doesn't have the balls to play in NY"

Actually..Verlander is like 95% of the league's all stars who doesn't care about playing in NY.  It has nothing to do with having the balls.  It's about loyalty to the franchise who drafted you.

Grow up loser.....when will you NY'ers show some class for once?



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

BRIAN8BALL = DUMBEST PERSON ON CBS.

Really..Verlander doesn't have the balls to play in NY?  Wait...that's right....he just has the balls to beat you in the playoffs when it matters.  People come to New York to fulfill their greed....not win championships.

Verlander is 10 times the pitcher than Chunk Chunk.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Of course he is staying where else can you play and have the chance to make the Playoffs every year.

Detroit?2 times since 84,Boston can't even make the Playoffs up 8 games with 3 weeks to go.
I knew that Sabathia would not go anywhere, Yankees has no problem with a high payroll. There a good chance that the Yankees be in the playoffs ever year for the next 5 years


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:29 pm
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Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

The Tigers and Angels got deals of the century for Verlander ($16M per) and Weaver ($17M per) if Sabbathia is getting paid $25M per. No wonder everyone wants to play for New York.


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