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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
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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:49 pm
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Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Great.Now please trade Nick Swisher and find another right fielder.Being a nice guy with a good clubhouse presence is not enough.


brian8ball
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Is there a weight clause in that contract somewhere? cause if there isnt, there should be cause that , in my opinion, is why he got fatigued in the later part of the season.

I'd bet money there is no weight clause in his deal...... why would CC risk such a huge deal when he could have left and very likely signed with somebody else without a clause like that in the deal?  I'm sure the Yankees spoke with him about it and respectfully asked him to take care of himself, but I'd be very surprised if CC agreed to anything that could void such a lucrative deal.  Remember, he was already under contract for 4 more seasons and 92 million dollars and most likely without a weight clause...... why would CC risk 122 million dollars with a weight clause when he already had a guaranteed 92 if he didn't opt out?


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Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:43 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Brian- It takes a special kind of pitcher to pitch in the majors...period. Not knowing JV personally I have no freaking clue whether or not he would succeed there. Then again, i'm not the one who questioned his manhood (with no facts to back up the statement) to begin with. I'm not really sure while you feel you need to defend C.C. so vigourously. Don't his numbers do that for themselves?

If J.V was available this winter the Yankees would be the first team to offer him a contract larger then what they agreed to pay CC. Justin Verlander is only 28 years old, 3 years younger then CC is and just as good, if not an even better pitcher then CC is.  Anybody and everybody with a brain knows if J.V was available teams like the Yankees and Bosox would very likely fight for his services, he's an extremely special pitcher.

Now, that all being said I have no problem at all with the Yankees new extension for CC.  It was a no brainer to say the least.  The Yankees don't trust their other starting pitchers, they've publicly admitted they are concerned about their starting pitching situation for next season.  CC is a great pitcher and the Yankees can't afford to lose him.  They don't trust Burnett, have no idea what they are going to get from the Phil Hughes and I've read might let both Garcia and Colon go.  That only leaves Nova and CC... why would the Yankees let CC go anywhere else?

Is 24 million per season for 5 years a little too much for a 31 year old starter?  Yeah, of course it is.  But it's only too much money FOR EVERY OTHER TEAM... the Yankees don't care about money, not one bit. They make a fortune every single season and will continue to make a fortune....  money means nothing to them at all.

Once again, good signing by the Yankees..... no way could they let him go... imagine if he opts out and the Bosox sign him?  My God, that would have been the catastrophe of a life time. 



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I read a lot of jealousy out there. Fans that want their team to be l;ike the Yankees. .Wow, man, no team can win 27 world series, wow man, no team can win 50 division championships. wow man, oh, wait, the Yamkees have. How many has your team won? when they win 15 world series and 20 division titles you can speak up, till then, SHUT UP.



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Is there a weight clause in that contract somewhere? cause if there isnt, there should be cause that , in my opinion, is why he got fatigued in the later part of the season.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

dynks81- A perfectly knowledgeable comment on your part. Well said and factual. Not enough to balance out Brian's ridiculous and biased statements but certainly it's not your job to police stupidity. Brian- just because a thread is based on a yankee player it DOES NOT mean fans of other teams can't comment on it. That is the height of what most non-Yankee fans hate you guys for. The game is more than 1 or 2 teams...

JohnnyBails. Warning, do NOT reply to that Brian guy.  Trust me when I tell you it's not a smart move.  He put me on his favourites and followed me from thread to thread to thread for about a month before he finally stopped.  Don't waste your time with that guy, he's a waste of the fresh air we breathe every day.  No matter what he says, just ignore him and never reply to any of his posts.


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