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It sure looks like CC Sabathia will opt out of his contract with the Yankees

Oct 15, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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CC Sabathia still has around three weeks to decide whether to opt out of his contract with the Yankees, but from what his agent Brian Peters told Buster Olney of (Insider only) this morning, it sure sounds like he has already made up his mind.

“CC has been clear about how he feels about New York and the Yankees,” Peters said on Saturday morning, “and we will exhaust all of our efforts to reach a new agreement (with the Yankees).”

Asked if the negotiations had started, Peters said, “As of today, I’ve got nothing new to report.”

Sabathia, who signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the Yankees in December of 2008, is currently owed $23 million over each of the next four years. However, with C.J. Wilson as the best starting pitcher on the market this winter, Sabathia could benefit greatly by opting out and negotiating a new deal.

The Yankees will do everything in their power to keep the big southpaw, but Olney suspects that they could face some competition from the Rangers, Cubs and Angels. Even if Sabathia’s intention is to stay with the Yankees, as most believe it is, it’s simply the right business move to opt out and test the market.

  1. bigharold - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    “It sure looks like CC Sabathia will opt out of his contract with the Yankees”

    Say it Ain’t So!

    That’s not exactly news.

    • clydeserra - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:51 PM


      Can anyone give any reasons he shouldn’t opt out?

      • bigharold - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        If he can’t renegotiate a contract to his satisfaction then No. It’s good business sense. It would be an exceedingly poor choice to not to use this opportunity to get a better contract.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      My father was earthy and vulgar. But he had a saying. How many toilets can you take a sh*t in at the same time.

      • bigharold - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:28 AM

        Was your Dad a professional baseball player in the 21st century? My guess is he wasn’t so vulgar or otherwise his analogy is pretty much worthless.

        Sabathia doing exactly what his contract provides is no better or worse than the team that gave him the opportunity.

  2. aaronmoreno - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    How quickly before the NY media tries to sandbag him?

  3. jaypace - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    But who is going to pay him more than 23 mil a year?

    • aaronmoreno - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      Whoever signs him?

    • Ari Collins - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      The Yankees.

      Also, it’s not the yearly salary, it’s the length. Someone would easily give him $20M-$23M per year for 6 years.

    • bigharold - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      Perhaps the Cubs, Rangers, LAA, RS, Giants, Toronto, WS and Phillies.

      If Sabthia hits the FA market he’s instantly the best pitcher available. Look at the contract Lee got last year and was a year older at the time than Sabthia is this off season. Also, it’s not just annual salary, it years too. Sabathia will do far better today negotiating a FA contract than he’ll do when he’s 36 and not the best pitcher on the market.

      It’s just good business sense for him to get a deal today rather than wait. If Lee got 5 years and 120 mil guaranteed with options that could bring it to 6 years 135 mil, what do you think Sabathia will get? I’m thinking 6-7 years at about 25 mil per.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        Forget Toronto. Big free agent signings are not in their plans this year. They would rather go after Darvish who is younger and cheaper.

    • pisano - Oct 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      Think about the dumb-ass Red Sox giving Crawford 20+mil per and I think you’ll find your answer.

  4. goawaydog - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Can you just picture CC in some cubbies pinstripes swinging the bat? you would need some serious breaking pitch to get around his belly hanging halfway over the plate.

    • Lukehart80 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      Sabathia has the 5th highest OPS of any active pitcher with at least 100 PA, the big man can swing the stick a little bit!

      • cur68 - Oct 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        He makes heavy contact….

      • Lukehart80 - Oct 15, 2011 at 4:11 PM


  5. Kyle - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    It’s pretty insane that a deal that huge included an opt-out clause in the first place.

  6. Ben - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Here’s what I just don’t get–after the first 50 million, how much more valuable is the next 50, 100, 150 million? He’ll be 34 at the end of this current contract and will have earned north of 200 million bucks just in salary. If I had 200 million bucks at 34 you’d best believe I’d go travel for 10 years, do something other than work.

    • Ari Collins - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

      And if you had 400 million bucks at 34 your children and grandchildren could do the same.

    • Lukehart80 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      What do you recommend he do, let the Yankees’ ownership keep the extra money he could get by opting out?

  7. Ari Collins - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Remember all the Yankee fans who insisted he wouldn’t opt out?

    • uyf1950 - Oct 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      Yes, I was one. He hasn’t opted-out yet has he. Besides even if he does he’s still a much better investment then Crawford for only a few dollars more and not as many years.

      BTW, remember all those Red Sox fans that said Crawford would have a good season last year. All he needed was some time. I also seem to recall someone saying Crawford would have better stats in 2011 than the 37 year old Jeter or Gardner. How did that work out for the Sox?

      • aaronmoreno - Oct 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM

        So your argument that Sabathia won’t opt out is that the Red Sox suck?

      • uyf1950 - Oct 16, 2011 at 4:44 AM

        aaronmoreno, I wasn’t stating a case for or against CC’s situation. Only that he hasn’t opted out yet (as of 10/15/11). And to automatically assume that he will merely because he can at this point is a mistake. The other point I was trying to make was that if a fan or fans could be so wrong about Crawford what makes anyone think they have any special insight into CC’s thinking.

        But since you mentioned it. The part of your comment I agree whole heartily with is about the Red Sox. I would also add to that, they are way to dysfunctional right now. So whether CC opts out a decision he has yet to make or not, I do not see him going to the Red Sox for those very reasons and then some. That’s just my opinion.

  8. joj0420 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    would love to see him in arizona. would be great!! :)

  9. stairwayto7 - Oct 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    C.C and Albert together in………………PITTSBURGH!!!

  10. bigleagues - Oct 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    If CC opts out, there is one thing I know for certain . . . the Red Sox won’t be signing any more bulbous pitchers for the forseeable future.

    • pisano - Oct 15, 2011 at 6:14 PM

      Why would they? they have the great John Lackey!

  11. henryd3rd - Oct 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    I can see Lackey making a come back in 2012. After all anything improvement on his 2011 season would be a comeback. A divorce, sub par performance and not to mention his name being associated with beer guzzling in the club house. Maybe a class in “Class” taught by someone like Francona would be appropriate at this point?

  12. dirtyharry1971 - Oct 15, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    for once proudly has it right, forget toronto, they are broke

  13. 1historian - Oct 16, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    There is a long list of reasons why I don’t go to MLB games anymore, and the fact that a pitcher is opting out of a contract wherein he will be getting $23,000,000 a year for the next 4 years just joined that list.

    Next spring will find me at a High School baseball game, beer in hand, in my own chair with my dog (on a leash) at my side.

    • mgflolox - Oct 17, 2011 at 3:59 AM

      Why, are you gonna tell me you wouldn’t change employers for more money and job security?

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