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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: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:58 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

CC qas quoted as saying "This had nothing to do with money or anything like that"  Really?.....come on now REALLY? LOL



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:56 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I don't understand the CC vs JV debate. 
Any fan and any ballclub would love to have either player. 
You can say you wouldn't but when it came to signing day, you'd be doing cartwheels if one of those guys was being announced for your team. 
Also, both are awesome and have put up great numbers over the last 3-4 years. Very comparable. 
JV is a little younger and considerably cheaper, which is extremely attractive. As a Yankee fan, I'd love to have JV. But that will probably never happen. It would be sick though to have CC AND JV! ugh!! 
Anyway--- the debate is nonsense. Both teams have a great pitcher. JV had an AWESOME year and would have to have the nod in terms of who is better---right now. We'll see what 2012 brings.

I can't disagree with anything you said this time because it's true, there isn't even ONE Tiger or Yankees fan on these boards with even half a brain that wouldn't be excited as hell at the prospects of having those 2 guys in there rotation.  I already love Fister and Scherzer at 2 and 3 in the Tigers rotation, move them down to 3 and 4 with J.V and C.C at 1-2 and OH MY GOD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT.... that aint gonna happen for us either.  That being said the Tigers better get moving fairly soon on an extension, J.V only has 3 years left on his extension and then he's a free agent at about 31 years old, CC's current age.  As far as I know I don't believe J.V has any interest in playing anywhere else, but you never know what money and success could do to somebody these days.  



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:43 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

No argument here. It's a great day whenever the Yankees overpay
You mean because the Yankees just added funds to the socialist program of revenue sharing and your team gets a piece? Wink



Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:28 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

No argument here. It's a great day whenever the Yankees overpay. Wink



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:27 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I don't understand the CC vs JV debate.
Any fan and any ballclub would love to have either player.
You can say you wouldn't but when it came to signing day, you'd be doing cartwheels if one of those guys was being announced for your team.
Also, both are awesome and have put up great numbers over the last 3-4 years. Very comparable.
JV is a little younger and considerably cheaper, which is extremely attractive. As a Yankee fan, I'd love to have JV. But that will probably never happen. It would be sick though to have CC AND JV! ugh!!
Anyway--- the debate is nonsense. Both teams have a great pitcher. JV had an AWESOME year and would have to have the nod in terms of who is better---right now. We'll see what 2012 brings.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:04 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Class act, 450 pounds of bluber.have another kid.
I just don't understand the need for some people to act so classless and petty.  Upbringing (or lack thereof), jealousy, genetics?  It makes even less sense when the punk flapping his gums is a fan of the most classless team in all of sports.  Spoiled alcholics ruined his season, so I guess he feels the juvenile need to take it out on others.  "Have a nother kid", are you talking to super soft Tom Brady, who has a rule about being a wuss named after him?  Were you molested as a child?  What makes you such a bitter punk?


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:03 am
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Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I Dont think it is wise to be name calling with one lung.And give me your email address I will show you where I
was from 9/12 until 10/30 with the rest of my IRONWORKERS cutting steel at ground ZERO,so you are not the only hero,.And you can send me proof that you were ACTUALLY at ground zero.
Children, go else where with this nonsense.  This is a thread for sports fans, not douchebags.  I'm not singling you out, both of you are big babies.


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Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:57 pm
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