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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 10:15 pm
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Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Tigers wouldn't touch him...if they did talk they sure as hell wouldn't overpay


brian8ball
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Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:11 pm
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Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:11 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


brian8ball
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Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:09 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

pennent? alcholics?...Jesus Brian who's the drunk? Learn how to spell turd. Which Sox players left Brian? Manager and GM made career switches...happens. Stop doing "8 balls" before you comment and mix in some facts.


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brian8ball
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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

Brilliant move on C.C.s part, the contract was designed that if he wasn't happy in N.Y. he could opt out. Instead, he decides to opt out but stay, tapping the Yankee bank for even more money. Wonder if Cashman saw this one coming when he approved this contract? Either way the Yanks had no choice, they couldn't let him walk. I think George Steinbrenner would be proud of C.C. putting one over on the Yanks management team.


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