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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: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:30 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?

p.s. I probably wouldn't use A.J. Burnett as an example for ANYTHING...ever...just sayin'.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:26 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:22 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...



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Show some CLASS all you do is call people names that do not agree with you.If Verlander was a Yankee he would have 2 rings by now.So is it LOYALTY OR STUPIDITY.

and where would his rings be coming from...LOL

I'll take a good player with loyality any day



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

And the Yankees with their payroll not making it past the first round should be one of the biggest chokes ever. My small market AL team's best player wouldn't be a starter with the Yankees. The NY payroll is 4.9 times bigger than my team. Alex makes 32M and my team's payroll is 41M. You ought to have 80 pennants instead of 27. Underachievers.




Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

LOL...Yankees never learn do they?Just dole out the cash for losers or soon to be losers
Stupid comment.  CC has already won a championship and has won at least 19 regular season games since he has been a Yankee.  The Yanks didn't give him an absurd 8 year contract like most of you idiots predicted.  Yes, CC's weight could potentially be an issue when he gets older, but hopefully the Yankees will address that with him when the time comes.  


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Brian (hard to believe these letters in a different order would spell brain)- Please tell us why JV doesn't have the balls to pitch in NY? I'd love to hear you justify that comment (I just hope I can understand it)...


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