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The Yankees expect CC Sabathia is going to remain with the Yankees beyond 2011

May 11, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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CC Sabathia has an opt-out clause he can exercise after this season, but Buster Olney is talking to Yankees people, and they say that they expect Sabathia to say in New York beyond 2011.

Which doesn’t mean that Sabathia won’t opt-out.  Indeed, even if he wants to stay with the Yankees and they want to keep him, he’d be crazy not to opt-out in order to get some extra bucks.  Or to at least threaten it in the hopes of getting an extension. Though it should be remembered that the Yankees, as a rule, don’t negotiate during the season or before players actually become free agents. Olney’s followup story makes is clear that the Yankees will not be talking to Sabathia in-season.

But let’s be real: the Yankees have zero leverage. They need Sabathia. There is nothing approaching a replacement for him on the free agent market this winter.  Barring injury, he’s in the driver’s seat. And even if he got injured he still might be, assuming it wasn’t anything super serious.

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 11, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    He will stay. He likes it here. I hope a cash-strapped team like ours can afford to keep him.

  2. jamie54 - May 11, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Squeeze them for $30 mill, that’ll get their attention.

  3. aceshigh11 - May 11, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    There’s no doubt he’ll stay.

    As much as it pains me to say it, the fact is that there’s no better team to be on if one wants to be in eternal contention for one’s entire career, at least on a financial resource level.

  4. dutchman1350 - May 11, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    There is no team that will pay him $30M if the Yankees are not bidding.

  5. trevorb06 - May 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I’ll laugh when he opts out and signs for less with the Phillies to give them the perfect PaiGao hand of 5 aces.

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