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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.

Category: MLB

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:23 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

gonna be a worse deal for yanks than the arod deal ....... lol  they never learn their lesson 

They never learn their lesson? What is the lesson? That signing stars, winning and making more money then other teams is bad?    


Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:21 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Uhh why don't the Yanks just tell him to stop eating so damn much? You'd figure they kind of have the right to don't they? How much money are they paying him again? Ya, I'd be telling his chunky ass to ease up on the grease a tad if they have any intentions on seeing long-term value. He'll end up having knee surgery sooner than later if this keeps up.

Maybe they should be telling other pitchers to eat MORE.  You dont get paid to look pretty out there. You get paid to win. The fatman gets the job done.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:17 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

As a Mets fan I hope this works out as well as when the Yanks re-signed A-Roid after he opted out.  That being said, I think this move works out better for them - CC, unlike A-Roid, is a class act.

So do I. We won a championship 2 years after signing Arod as he carried us on his back for a big part of those playoffs.  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:17 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

shortstop52 and everybody else poo=pooing this. Have you realized yet that this is baseball? This is a major problem now with baseball and the way contracts are. Players always get paid past what they are worth. If you are the Yankees, do you give him a chance to walk and then you pick up who? The Yankees had NO CHOICE but to add the extra years just as they did with Posada prior to his last contract. I am happy that the Yankees re-invest their money into the team unlike plenty of owners that put out a "B" product and pocket the luxery tax money instead of putting it back into the team.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:13 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Considering what the Yankees have in the way of starting pitching, and what would be available on the free agent market, this really is not much of a risk for them.  Think about it, if CC did not opt out the Yankees are on the hook for $92mill over 4 years and they still are.  They only added 1 year, albeit at a hefty $30mill but if you look at it spread over the 5 years its like giving Sabathia a $1.4mil/yr raise for 4 years and adding a 5th year at $24.4mill -- you've just deferred the raises from the first 4 years to the 5th.  Minimal risk for a team with the Yankee's revenues considering the options and they avoid a potential bidding war for CC in free agency (its hard to see CC getting much more, but maybe another 2 or 3 million per year, maybe a 6 or 7 year deal?).

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:52 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Not a Yankee fan, so I'd have to say this is great.  They continue to overpay on past performances and are locking themselves in for the best over 35 year old baseball team in the country. That, however, doesn't translate into the best MLB team.  Let the downward slide begin.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:52 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

When he came in relief in Game 5 of the ALDS and propmtly gave up a run, that should have made him give about $97 mil in coin BACK. 

Not worth it at all. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:26 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Good for him he just finnished his last year during what is normally your peak years and gets an extension even though possibly no one else was going to bid for big money five years after his peak.  

Look man, I don't like the Yankees... BUT..... how do you guys expect the Yankees to take that risk?  If the Yankees let him opt out of his deal and lose him in free agency, they would have been in big trouble.   Imagine if the Boston Redsox would have signed him? What would that do to New York's playoff chances, let alone their chances of winning a world series?  Aside from CC  they have Nova who looks really good right now.  Other then that, they're already needing to shore up their starting pitching, the last thing they are going to do is take even a 1 percent chance of CC leaving.  I read somewhere they might not offer deals to Colon and Garcia, and even if they do the Steinbrenners don't trust those guys at all.  Only God knows what's going to happen with Burnett..... 

They had no choice but to open up the check book for CC, end of story.  Imagine if Verlander on the Tigers had an opt out clause at 28 years old after this past season in his contract.  Now imagine if J.V would have asked for a 5 year extension and 150 million dollars. You think Ilitch and Dombrowski would have let him go? You think they would have taken any chances? No chance.... 

Look for the Yankees to be a huge player in the C.J Wilson bidding war that's going to begin soon....  Boston and New York are going to get extremely bloody fighting for that guy.  He's a lefty that had an era just above 3 two seasons ago and under 3 this past season, his only 2 seasons as a starter.  That's another guy that struggled in the playoffs this season but wait and see how much money that guy gets..... it's going to be a ton of money.  The Tigers desperately need an excellent left handed starter in their lineup, I wish they would go after him but I don't think they'll try and fight it out with the big spenders... maybe I'll be wrong, I pray I'm wrong... but I won't be wrong...

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:13 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Yankees apologists who keep hammering away at the idea that the team has a lot of homegrown talent and doesn't really sign all that many free agents, this is an example of why that's distorted logic.

The Yankees can afford to KEEP their top talent.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:09 am

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Bloated, long contracts that take players well into their 30's always seem to works out...

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