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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:44 pm
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Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

You are right, CC does have a ring, that is my bad.  But as of right now, I think JV has a better chance of getting his first ring then CC does getting his 2nd.  That is what I was trying to say

And since 84, the Tigers HAVE BEEN to the playoffs three times.  1987, 2006, 2011.  Let us all count here, that would be 3 playoff apperances SINCE 1984.

The fact is, the Yankee's HAD to resign CC.  Without him, that rotation is shot.  No one is scared of it because they have Nova and i guess...Freddy Garcia?  This is a no brainer for NY, CC is the ace of the staff and they had to keep him there.  Letting him walk would have done so much damage to that team that NY fans would have tried to get rid of Cashman.

I wouldnt mind having CC come to Detroit, but I wouldnt want him to come for 25 million a year.  If he wanted to come and pitch for 15-16 mil a year like JV got, it might make some sense.  But not if he was going to be a 2nd starter on the team making 10 mil more then the ace of the staff.  But I would rather see the Tigers go after CJ Wilson over CC if they had a chance.  I think CJ Wilson would be alot cheaper then 25 million but I am not sure he worth more then 9-10 million a year.  Having only 2 real good years of starting, not sure I would give him huge money just yet.

But yes, for the Yankees, this was a deal they had to make.  They overpaid for him, but you have to just to make sure he doesnt get away.  Its like the A-Roid deal, he is better then the alternatives, so you have to overpay to keep them happy and where they are.  Cant knock NY for doing this, without CC they have no ace of the staff.  For the Yankees, good move even if they had to overpay to get him 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:34 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Anyway as a Yankee fan I would love to have Verlander...He has the stuff to pitch anywhere. I am fairly sure that if your team had the money to add CC you would be happy to have him. 

Ender0529, nice post and definitely very true.  There is no doubt the Yankees would sign Verlander tomorrow if they could and if the Tigers could afford CC ( they can't) then he would definitely be a Tiger, no doubt about that.

But, to those of you smashing Verlander for his lack of playoff success in only 2 post seasons, be careful because CC hasn't exactly been lights out in the playoffs.  The only season he was any good in the post season was in 2009, that's it.  If you take out 2009, CC's stats before and after that year are as bad as pitching stats get.  How's 50 innings with an era of 6.84 and a whip over 2 sound?

BUT... to get to the playoffs you need guys like CC and J.V or you won't get there as often.  Of course you need your ace to perform in the playoffs, I'm not saying you don't, but once again, you need to get there first and having CC or J.V doesn't hurt. 



Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Just full of class huh?  Thanks for smearing NYer's names.  Where were you on 9/11 asshole?  I moved out here because my one lung prevented me from doing my job saving lives!  I miss the city like a piece of my soul, but not living in it anymore doesn't make me less of a New Yorker.  If anyone could pull off a Superman costume for Halloween it would be me - the PJ's are for little men like you who can't grasp what it's like to be a real hero.  Remember - I'm YouKnowMyName.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:21 pm
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Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

I am a little confused by your statement "And yes, JV doesnt have a ring yet, but I bet he is closer then CC is".  CC already has a ring.

Anyway as a Yankee fan I would love to have Verlander...He has the stuff to pitch anywhere. I am fairly sure that if your team had the money to add CC you would be happy to have him. Fans confuse me though. The Yankees add players to compliment their farm system. They have had a home grown core for the past 15 years or so. Yes, they spend more then other teams but they can. Should they be penalized for their success. Other teams have invested over 100 million and still don't make the playoffs...while others spend nothing... and give nothing back to their fans. I am happy our team gives back its fans instead of taking the money and running.




brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:16 pm
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Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Hey Brian,

What was CC's ERA in the playoffs this year?  Oh yeah, it was over 6.00 this year.  If you look at the last season its well over 5 as well.  I guess it is easy to talk smack about Verlander's post season when your "ace" was worse.  CC even has the benefit of playing with a payroll that is 100 million more then Detroit's or just about any other team in the league.  Think about this, the Rangers and St. Louis had payrolls around 95-100 million less then NY's.

IF you had to really think about it, is CC really worth 25 mil a year?  And now NY is looking to make a big splash in landing CJ Wilson which will go for 15 million a year for 6-7 years.  Out of all the 15-25 million a year guys the Yankees have, they SHOULD win the WS every year.
The sad part is that baseball fans know this league needs a hard salary cap.  The problem is that baseball wont do it because they bow down to NY which is a sham.  It would be interesting to see what NY would do if they had to play with a salary cap of 120 milion.

I know you love to rant about how JV doesnt have the "balls" to pitch in NY which i think we all know is BS, but how bout this.  Does CC have the "balls" to pitch for a team that doesnt have all-stars at most positions?  I wonder what CC would do if it was back with Indians right now.  Put him in Seattle and I wonder if he goes 19-8.  So go off on another rant about have JV had an ERA over 5, and everyone else will respond how CC's was over 6 and basically blew games 3 and 5 against the Tigers.  And yes, JV doesnt have a ring yet, but I bet he is closer then CC is.  Oh, and the Tigers have been to 3 post seasons since 84.  If you are going to knock the Tigers, at least get your facts straight 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:59 pm
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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Not everybody has the guts to come to the Big Apple.  Its a hard town and like the song says "if I can make there I can make it anywhere."  C.C. needs no defending.  His numbers do speak for themselves.  J.V. has an intensity in his eyes that could fit and win in New York.  As long as the Tigers show strong like they did this year J.V stays.  Miss the playoffs the next 2 years, then maybe he hears his biological clock ticking and moves for the bright lights and big bucks New York has. 


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