Sabathia Expected to Opt Out

Mark Feinsand has the news that will be dominating WFAN today: A source says that barring an injury or some other calamitous event in 2011, CC Sabathia will opt out of his contract and become a free agent next offseason.

I can't say this is terribly surprising; if he has a good season and the Yankees don't make any midseason improvements to the rotation, it's hard to imagine the Yanks failing to meet whatever price Sabathia chooses to set.

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  • Why wouldn’t he opt out? Of course he will. He will definitely want to be on the market (albeit probably right back in NY, unless of course, LAA sucks so bad this year that they get in on it this time) with the other huge names on the FA list this upcoming winter.
    This is what happens when you have to offer this kind of crap to players just to come play for you; a 7 year deal turns into a 10 year deal if you’d like to keep them, or they suck and you pay for nothing. Opt out should go both way if they go at all. They’re so stupid.
    On CC’s side: NY just offered a monster contract to Cliff Lee that would have taken him close to 40yrs old. He’ll want that same deal. The only real bad news is if he hires Boras half way through this year.

    Brad February 15, 2011, 9:55 am
  • He’ll opt out, and his new contract will look just like Cliff Lees. Be it in NY or anywhere else. He’ll get the money even if he’s moderately good this year. He wins 18 or 20 games again in the AL East (which I think is like 25 in any other division), and he’ll get whatever he asks for.

    Brad February 15, 2011, 9:57 am
  • He’d be foolish not to opt out. Yu Darvish and CC Sabathia, that’s it…Unless Mark Buerhle gets your juices flowing. If he opts out and goes elsewhere, God bless. He won a title here, something he set out to do and to him and the fans that makes it all worth it. I’d be upset to see him go, but I’d be more upset if he hadn’t already won a title. This game has become all about the $ and you can’t get emotionally tied to any of these players. There’s not a Yankee fan alive that can rationally say it’s wrong that he’d opt out. It’s the best financial decision for this man and in the end that’s what is most important for him and his family.

    John - YF February 15, 2011, 10:35 am
  • It’s more aptly-put an “opt-in”, even if he opts out, because if he stays healthy this year, the Yankees will gladly throw 1.5 billion dimes at him over six years.

    attackgerbil February 15, 2011, 11:02 am
  • This is the biggest no-brainer of all no-brainers.
    To me this isn’t even a story. A story will be if Sabathia, after another healthy and productive season, says he won’t be opting out.

    SF February 15, 2011, 11:49 am
  • Hey, at least he’s being honest. He could very easily pull an A-Rod, and tell everyone you’re not opting out, then wait until the Red Sox are sweeping the World Series and make it known you are.
    Wait, that was his agent, right? I always forget that he had absolutely nothing to do with that. :/
    CC is just being honest by not saying anything. I agree with SF, and everyone else on earth, on this one: it’s a non-story

    Brad February 15, 2011, 12:21 pm
  • This is weird because CC was on Sportscenter yesterday, and he said that he would “consider” opting out this year. No commitments, just saying that he would think about it.
    Now today some “source” says he’s definitely opting out? Weird.
    Having said that, assuming his arm doesn’t fall off mid-season, why wouldn’t you opt-out? He’s every bit as good as Cliff Lee (they have identical ERA+ over the last 3 seasons) and two years younger. The Yankees gave him the opt-out clause, so why wouldn’t he use it when it’s so obviously to his benefit?

    Atheose - SF February 15, 2011, 2:27 pm
  • “This is weird because CC was on Sportscenter yesterday, and he said that he would “consider” opting out this year.”
    That’s like your wife saying she might be okay if you didn’t get her flowers for Valentine’s Day.
    It’s as good as done. What’s also as good as done is him becoming the new owner of the ‘who’s still under contract with the Yankees in 2017′ plaque. You can just pencil in another 6 years, $150M (or whatever), because the Yankees love (and need) him more than any other player in the past 30 or 40 years. More than Rivera, more than A-Rod, more than Jeter. I can’t think of a more essential Yankee in the free agency era.

    AndrewYF February 15, 2011, 3:26 pm
  • “pull an A-Rod…”
    You mean crush HR’s and blonde actresses on your way to a Ring??? He’s a pitcher dude…

    krueg February 15, 2011, 6:57 pm
  • “…then wait until the Red Sox are sweeping the World Series and make it known you are.
    Wait, that was his agent, right? I always forget that he had absolutely nothing to do with that. :/ …”
    i especially got a kick out of the part when fox cuts to boras feeding popcorn to arod…classic stuff, and probably where diaz got the idea…to be fair though brad, while the player is supposed to be the boss in a player/agent relationship, don’t ever underestimate the influence that boras has over his flock…the players union also is known to exert influence with higher profile negotiations…i’m a little surprised we didn’t hear some rumblings about cliff lee taking less money, but i understand that the union is very interested in seeing albert get top dollar…

    dc February 16, 2011, 8:20 am
  • You mean crush HR’s and blonde actresses on your way to a Ring??? He’s a pitcher dude…
    What does being a pitcher have anything to do with it?
    understand that the union is very interested in seeing albert get top dollar.
    I agree. If that wasn’t their job, A-Rod would be on the Red Sox right now, and all the Yankee fans would be talking about what a egotistical jackass he is, right?
    My guess: Albert signs with Toronto, and Prince Fielder signs with St. Louis.
    If you give Puljous a 10 year deal, you need to have your head examined unless you plan to completely devote a DH role to him for the last four years of it. Maybe more.

    Brad February 16, 2011, 8:56 am
  • Pujols has always been very vocal about taking a discount to stay in St. Louis, as long as the team made moves to stay competitive (which they have). I don’t know whether it’s true that the Union is putting pressure on him to take top dollar, but if so it makes me absolutely sick.
    The fact that the Yankees and Red Sox have long-term 1B (assuming AGonz signs in a few weeks as predicted) certainly hurts his chances of a bidding war happening, but I could see a team like Toronto breaking the bank for him. Pujols is the best player in the game, hands-down, and is worth every penny.

    Atheose - SF February 16, 2011, 9:05 am
  • “all the Yankee fans would be talking about what a egotistical jackass he is, right?”
    We are still doing that :)
    I don’t understand why the media is counting out the Red Sox and the Yankees in re: to Pujols. I understand the Yankees have Tex and an aging A-Rod and Jeter under contract and the Sox have A-Gon at 1st Base but…He’s the best hitter of our generation. You MAKE room for a bat like that. If it means Alex has to play 3B until the end of his contract so Tex and Pujols could platoon DH/1B, so be it. I’d take that in a heartbeat. Same can be said with the Sox…with all that money coming off the books next season and the fact that he’d OWN Fenway I can’t see how the two teams are being written off. It also doesn’t hurt that the two teams spend more like it’s on fire. Just my 2 cents.
    What are your thoughts on Darvish? Do you guys think there will be any Daisuke backlash/hesitation from MLB teams? I know by all accounts he’s (Darvish) is a whole other animal, but just curious. (To be clear I am not crapping on Daisuke, just a serious question).

    John - YF February 16, 2011, 10:28 am
  • “You mean crush HR’s and blonde actresses on your way to a Ring??? He’s a pitcher dude…
    What does being a pitcher have anything to do with it?”
    I was just messing with you and defending ARod…
    This board now kinda reminds me of the elections last year. The influx of SF’s and Sox rhetoric is like the Tea Bagger reps storming DC!!! ;)

    krueg February 16, 2011, 11:00 am
  • krueg February 16, 2011, 11:16 am

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