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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: November 2, 2011 7:25 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

And tell everyone the OBVIOUS all the time,I read
your blog and everyone knows that the Yankees had to resign C.C or they would have been in trouble.

Moron. Do some reading and learn a little.  A lot of people on here didn't think the Yankees should have paid CC the kind of money they did.  You are an idiot.

And the Yankees won a championship in 2009 3 years ago. SO AGAIN YOU PROVE YOU ARE A MORON.

I said 1 title in the last 12 seasons.  Guess what? The year 2009 happened in the last 12 seasons.... 

You are honestly the most illiterate person on these boards.  Everything about you flat out sucks.  You have problems reading, and spelling, and typing, and understanding anything you read.

In all my years on sites like this, I've never come across a bigger loser then you are.

I love how you waited until after 5pm to respond to my post, pretending you were at work or something?  We all know your welfare check was in yesterday and you were too busy playing online bingo using your pre-paid Visa card.

You're an embarassment to anybody that knows you son.    


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:48 pm
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

 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.

Anybody and everybody on these boards would be happy if their team could spend 200 million dollars and put a great team on the field every single year.  I know what you're saying and I partially agree with you, there is nothing wrong with the Yankees spending as much as they can afford to spend.  They make hundreds of millions with their television deal and in sponsorship and advertising, I read somewhere in the 400 million dollar neighborhood so why not spend 200 million on payroll and some more on the luxury tax? 

But here's the thing though and what I believe people are trying to say when they argue against the Yankees spending that much money.  95 percent of teams CAN'T spend 200 million dollars, there isn't enough profit there for the team to do that even if they wanted to.  Look at the Tigers 2009-2010 numbers, they sold a lot of tickets, but they were one of only two teams to lose money in MLB that season. There payroll was around 100 or 110 million I think that season, yet they lost 17 million dollars or so.  The teams you're talking about pocketing the luxury tax money aren't pocketing 100 million a piece.... they may pocket million but their share isn't in the 50 to 100 million dollar mark so they'll never be able to spend like the Yankees.

I think the answer in the long run, way down the road could be a hard cap with maximum and minimum team payrolls.  That being said that's not going to happen for a long time, it can't happen if only 2 or 3 out of 30 teams are losing money.  BUT.... look at the NBA, 23 teams lost money.  When MLB gets to that point, then you'll see changes made.... until then, nothing is going to change.  MLB isn't going to change a thing as long as they are as profitable as they are today. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

HOW DOES THIS GUY NOT HAVE A BLOG???
ONE QUESTION DOES ANYONE REALLY CARE WHAT THIS GUY HAS TO SAY???

I don't respond to most of what you say, but were you joking with this one?  I have a hard time finding ONE person on these boards that responds to your posts in a nice way, 99 percent of people on CBS think you're a moron.  At least I make some sense and I can put aside my dislike for some people and compliment a post when deserved.  The post you responded to with your above garbage actually backs the Yankees signing of CC, it doesn't knock the signing as many people on these boards have.  You are such a loser you don't even recognize when somebody is on your side.... filth like you makes me sick.

And finally, in your post before this one you slam on the Atlanta Braves for winning TOO MANY division titles?  How can that be when on other threads you slam that Tigers for NOT winning enough division titles?  That kinda logic only makes sense to a retard, that of course being you.   Oh wait, you're going to tell me that only world series championships matter and that Atlanta choked, right? But in the same breath when people tell you the Yankees choked with only winning 1 title the last 12 seasons with over 2 billion dollars in payroll, you tell us that doesn't matter because they make the playoffs almost every single season.

So to recap what you, a retard is saying,,, here I go.  Making the playoffs for many years and not winning too many world series championships ( Atlanta) is bad, it's embarassing... they are garbage.  UNLESS you're the Yankees the last dozen years because of the championships they won decades ago.  And if you're the Tigers, winning a world series this year if they would have won it would have meant nothing because it's only 1 and they don't make the playoffs as often as the Yankees, even though the Yankees lose almost every year.

Re-read that and you'll see how stupid you sound on these boards... it hardly even makes sense, which is exactly how you sound and read 24 hours per day on these boards. 


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:17 pm
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brian8ball
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Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:14 pm
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Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

They need to have a clause in that contract re his weight. But is that allowable under the current CBA?



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

There's ZERO chance the Yankees sign Pujols or Fielder for that matter.  And I'm not sure why some of you are comparing CC's extension to ARod's contract.  Length and money wise, what CC got compared to what the Yanks gave ARod isn't even close. 



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:57 am
 

Sabathia won't opt out, staying with Yankees

All that's left is to sign Pujols to a 7 year, 200 million dollar deal to play DH the rest of his career, and the Yanks will truly be where the money is.


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