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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: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:00 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Huge Yankee fan and love CC

TOO MUCH MONEY FOR A STARTER WHEN YOU NEED THREE OTHER STARTERS!!!!! 

I know money means nothing to the yankees but pretty ridiculous



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:24 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees



All I have to say is how many titles have they got compared to your team? Even in the modern era 1990 to present? I became a yankee fan in the 80's when they were consistantly middle of the pack and am glad to see them in the playoffs every year. As any hockey fan will tell you all you need to do is get to the playoffs.



Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:09 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

It is so gratifying to see the Yankees sink so much money in their players, only to lose in the
playoffs. I get more satisfaction in seeing them lose than my favorite team win. Yankee hater to the max.
Every time I see a Yankee sticker or someone wearing a hat, I just chuckle inside and think, you pull for a loser.
Love It.



Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:33 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I don't understand who they thought was going to pay CC more and what percisely CC did to deserve a raise other than threaten to leave.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:16 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

But the fact that Scott Boras did not have CC Sabathia or Rafael Soriano opt out of their contracts indicates to me that he (Boras) is going to play it very conservatively this offseason when it comes to negotiating deals for his clients because of the soft market
Boras does not represent CC Sabathia. 



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:04 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I agree.  As an athlete who makes so much, TOO MUCH money, you need to work out, have your personal cook( c'mon you can afford it), and a nutritionist.  No excuses for a fat athlete.  That's my belief and nobody will change it.  I have thick genes, but through 30 years of bodybuilding, maintain a muscular cut body.

No excuses for athletes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:43 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

With Sabathia off the market, the best free-agent pitchers available are , and , none of whom profiles as a true ace.
Even though it has been less than a week since the St. Louis Cardinals epic World Series title run concluded, the way the free agent market is starting to shape seems to indicate that this will be one that heavily favors the general managers. This is not to say that Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes will not get their big paydays because they will definitely get their big paydays. But the fact that Scott Boras did not have CC Sabathia or Rafael Soriano opt out of their contracts indicates to me that he (Boras) is going to play it very conservatively this offseason when it comes to negotiating deals for his clients because of the soft market. Say what you want about Boras, but he is no dummy and I believe that he has a pretty good read on where the market is heading.



Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:38 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

By 2016, the ankees will need a flatbed to haul his fat behind out to the mound!!! The guy already needs a boomerang to put his belt on. I'm thinking they could have signed him with doughnuts!!! David Wells looked slim compared to CC!!!!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:11 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I think some of you stupid Yankee haters are clueless when you claim CC "is on the decline".  How is going 19-8 with a 3.00 era "delcining".  Sure, he didn't pitch very well this postseason, but neither did Cliff Lee, which goes to show even the best pitchers in baseball can struggle in the postseason.  CC can easily go out and pitch well in the postseason next year, he still has that ability and will have it for years to come.  



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:47 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Wow. Yankee haters just can't help themselves, I guess-its what I hate about nut jobs, we can talk baseball if you want, but how about at least knowing something before you talk? Yep, Sabathia is in decline for sure(sarcasm here)-ERA has DROPPED every year he's been with the Yankees. He also had his highest strikeout total last year. Some decline. He's a rock, should have another solid 5 years as one of the best pitchers in baseball.


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