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Yankees readying new contract offer for CC Sabathia

Oct 27, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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After meeting in Florida this week to formulate a plan to keep CC Sabathia if/when he exercises the opt-out clause in his contract the Yankees have prepared a new contract offer for the 30-year-old left-hander.

David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that they’ll make the proposal to Sabathia and his agent before he can opt out of the current deal, clearly hoping to keep him from hitting the open market.

No details yet on the terms of the new offer, but Waldstein writes that “it would sweeten Sabathia’s already lucrative deal because the Yankees are committed to bringing him back.”

His current deal has four years and $92 million remaining, but Sabathia would have little trouble finding a bigger deal as a free agent even if he ultimately wants to stay in New York. Cliff Lee‘s five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies from last offseason seems like an obvious starting point.

  1. uyf1950 - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    I hope this hurries up and gets done. Because to be honest I’m getting a little tired of all the rehashing the same CC stuff over and over again.

  2. humanexcrement - Oct 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Okay, CC, you want a new contract with a pay increase, you got it. But here’s the catch–this one has an opt-out clause for the TEAM.

    • Lukehart80 - Oct 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      I hope that’s what they offer. That way CC will turn them down to hit the open market, and the Yankees will have a starting rotation led by Freddy Garcia next season.

      Yes, please.

    • Joe - Oct 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      In that case, he signs with another team who is willing to give him the same money (or almost), but without the team opt-out clause.

      See, free agency is designed to preclude the teams from dictating the contract terms.

    • jwbiii - Oct 28, 2011 at 2:27 AM

      Most long-term contracts include team options. Most are not picked up.

  3. Best kept secret - Oct 27, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    give em 5 for 125 and he says no let him walk. it will hurt the team next season but they’ll get over it and be happy not giving him a 7 year deal

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