Oct 31, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT
The Associated Press said yesterday that the Yankees have made Sabathia a new offer in an attempt to get him to forgo opting out of his deal. Yet, he appears to be opting out. Today Buster Olney speculates that they may have lowballed him, at least in terms of years:
Let’s say that the New York Yankees’ extension offer to CC Sabathia had been for two years at his current salary, $23 million a year … In that case, there almost certainly wouldn’t have been any deliberation, no reason to pause … But if the Yankees’ offer was for only one additional year, on top of the four years and $92 million that is already owed, that takes him into a gray area — which is where he seems to be today, in deciding whether to take what the Yankees are dangling or whether to opt out of his contract and test the free-agent market again.
Possible, I suppose. It’s also possible that he got that two-year offer and he’s just trying to sweeten it a bit anyway. It’s not like there’s a big downside to that. The Yankees aren’t so pitching rich right now that they can play the “the offer goes down by $2 million every day you wait, big guy!” game. It’s all fun to wonder about.
Also fun to wonder about is what inspire Sabathia to actually take another team’s offer rather than go back to the Yankees. Buster throws many idea out there — ones that would keep him in New York and ones that would make him leave. This one was fun:
If Sabathia goes to the National League, he could hit, something he loves to do.
To be fair to Buster, that wasn’t a major reason listed, but that reason makes me laugh anyway. It seems every time there’s a big free agent pitcher that someone notes that they like to hit so watch out for the NL teams.
Has that ever really been a reason for a pitcher signing someplace? Sure, some people on Twitter said “Micah Owings” when I observed it a few minutes ago, but for a top flight guy? Cliff Lee said something about liking to hit next year, but honestly, that can’t be in the top 15 reasons a pitcher signs someplace can it? I think Buster is way more on point when he talks about the easier opposition and weaker offenses in the NL than a pitcher hitting.
As always, we know nothing until we know something.
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