Latest On Sabathia Opt-Out Decision

10:38pm: Barring something unforseen, Sabathia is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, a source with knowledge of the situation told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

9:35am: Not many players would ever think about walking away from $92MM, but C.C. Sabathia is one of the few who could consider it. Sabathia can opt out of his contract with the Yankees after the season, but repeated today that he does not intend to do so. The left-hander told reporters, including Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger, that he will not opt out and that he doesn't intend to address the issue again this season (Twitter link).

However, Sabathia later told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that "anything is possible in a contract," suggesting that he could opt out.

Sabathia, a Legacy Sports client, signed a player-friendly seven-year, $161MM deal after the 2008 season. The contract allows him to choose between $92MM from 2012-15 or another free agent contract. Given the shortage of top available starters Sabathia would have a lot of leverage if he opts out. Sabathia has thrived in the AL East, posting a 3.27 ERA (136 ERA+) in 467 2/3 innings and leading the league in wins in consecutive seasons.

220 Responses to Latest On Sabathia Opt-Out Decision Leave a Reply

  1. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Waits for someone to make a joke about opting out of a meal.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      Nah. I got an uncontrollable urge to mention that he’s opting out of his option to opt out.

    • woadude 4 years ago

      More like A-Rod 2.0, or did everyone already forget about 2007? I just hope he does the classy thing like A-Rod and announce his opt out during the World Series.

  2. Matty 4 years ago

    I hope he opts out and re-ups with the Yuckies for another 7 years so him and Arod can grow old and feable together.

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      Feeble* spelling there, dude.

      • Matty 4 years ago

        I was close. Knew it wasn’t right but didn’t care to check

      • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

        Yeah he was too busy thinking of a clever way to spell Yankees.

        • Matty 4 years ago

          There is only one way way to spell Yankees. How long did it take you to come up with you ingenious handle there “crackis4lovers”.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            Only one way way you say say?

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

      Yuckies? What are you 6?

      • Chuck345 4 years ago

        If I was 6, I would be offended by your response.

      • Matty 4 years ago

        Would you prefer Skankees? Is that more big boy for you? The words I typically use for that team wouldn’t be allowed on here

    • captainjeter 4 years ago

      you must be a Blow Sox fan. If he opts out, I’d rather see the Yankees go with Betances and Banulous instead. We don’t need another A Rod altratross contract choking us for years.

      • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

        Blow Sox? Choking down? Might want to step out of that denial there, bud.

      • Matty 4 years ago

        Red Sox are just a crappier version of the Yankees (happy losers?)

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        No fear of that. As long as Moe and Larry are running the team.. Contracts like that seem to be the norm. Cashman’s hands are tied now when he knows a bad sign is right in front of him.

      • woadude 4 years ago

        You have like 6 contracts that will choke your team for years and years.

  3. andrewyf 4 years ago

    What could cause him to change his mind? Joe Girardi murdering his dog? The post-game spread turning into vegetable and dip? Him finally realizing he’s living in New Jersey?

    • Vmmercan 4 years ago

      Yeah, one of the wealthiest sections of the country with a top two public (and private) school education with slightly more affordable real estate than living in the biggest Metropolitan area in the country and most of the world (located a few miles down the highway?

      What an idiot.

      • andrewyf 4 years ago

        You know how you know the worst is behind you? When you see a sign that says you are now leaving NEW JERSEYYYYY…..*leers at camera*

        • Yanksfan2010 4 years ago

          Andrew NJ is one of the richest states in the country. It has the most expsenive zip code is the country. Why dont know more about something before you insult a place. Where do you live?

          • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

            NJ is a wealthy state, but yet Camden is like a third world country.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago


          • Vmmercan 4 years ago

            Camden is downright frightening. It is also the worst place in NJ.

          • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

            Especially since the cut a good chunk of the police force.

          • Since_77 4 years ago

            Gov. Chris Cristy sends his regards!

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            Tell me, if I wanted to purchase this zip code, how much would I need to send over on my private autogiro?

          • Yanksfan2010 4 years ago

            Where are you from? Since you have like talking about where other people are from.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            I’m just trying to find out if I have enough money to purchase the most expensive zip code.

          • CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

            “you have like talking about where other people are from.”

            I enjoyed this statement.

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            Careful…equating wealth with overall “value” is misleading, and comes off sounding pretty elitist. Besides, these days, most of the comments I hear trashing New Jersey have more to do with the prevailing mentality than with the median income.

          • Yanksfan2010 4 years ago

            Well where are you from? People keep talking trash about one place and not even say where they are from. NJ is a beautiful place to live. The people who trash it have never even been here.

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            So much for sweeping statements. While not all, quite a few of the people I know who trash Jersey actually live there – for now – or grew up there and have no plans to return (yeah, I know the drill “we don’t want them back,” etc).

            I’ve been in the US long enough to enjoy wherever I’ve lived while still maintaining a perspective that prevents me from needing to have a stake in the usual territorial pissing contests…which generally lead nowhere anyway.

          • Yanksfan2010 4 years ago

            Once again you made a comment about one place and wont say where you live. You were the one who made negative comments about one place.

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            If you read my posts better you would realize that I reported on the comments I frequently hear. I’ll leave you to it.

          • Yanksfan2010 4 years ago

            Well why wont you say what state you live in? I have asked twice now and all you do is circle around the question. If I were to talk about another state I would at least say where I was from.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago


          • lol I smell desperation

          • I’ve been all over NJ, from the beautiful Morris county to the craptacular Newark. NJ, imo, sucks balls.

          • woadude 4 years ago

            Everything that has to do with New Jersey is sad and depressing, ever see Clerks 2? they are in New Jersey and all they talk about is how much it sucks being there, ever watch Jersey Shore? that is in enough on how much I would never even set foot there, thats your Youth of tomorrow keeping Jiffy Lube in business with how much crap is in their hair and how they talk is worse than hillbilly. I could go on but refuse to.

          • Yanksfan2010 4 years ago

            Once again your some child who talks about one place but wont say where you are from. By the way most of the cast from Jersey Shore are not even from NJ. Also why are you talking about a post from over a day ago. Get a better life.

          • NJ is one of the richest states in the country with a few of the poorest cities in the country to boot. But hey NJ is all about balance right?

          • woadude 4 years ago

            New Jersey is the sphincter of the Nation. Sure smells like it too.

      • not_brooks 4 years ago

        No worries, vmmercan. 99% of people who talk about New Jersey like it’s the scum of the earth have never even visited.

        I bet if you asked andrew what’s wrong with New Jersey, he would say “Well… It’s New Jersey…”

        • andrewyf 4 years ago

          I dunno, I’ve visited Secaucus. ‘Mattress Capitol of the World’! It sure was.

          • Vmmercan 4 years ago

            This statement aone is enough for Xub to rest his case. Have you ever been to Pittsburgh? or Loxahatchee, Florida? Or the South Bronx? Or Worcester, Mass? Or anything in Idaho?

            I can name crappy sections of every state too. That’s how states work.

          • NordeastMPLSTwinsFan 4 years ago

            I would like to see this. I say start naming!

          • not_brooks 4 years ago

            Where do you live, andrew?

            I bet there isn’t a single neighborhood in your state that you wouldn’t be happy to walk around in at midnight, right?

          • andrewyf 4 years ago

            Actually, New Hampshire is pretty nice.

            But (and I can’t believe I have to do this), people, it was a joke. Unless you think I’m saying Joe Girardi would actually kill someone’s dog?

            Lighten. Up.

          • 0bsessions 4 years ago

            “Actually, New Hampshire is pretty nice.”


            I feel safer walking around Dorchester drunk at 1 AM than I feel walking through a good chunk of Nashua. I actually grew up in NH and it’s basically Massachusetts’ skeevy little brother. I vividly remember my neighbors getting busted for heroin dealing when I lived up there.

      • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

        Not to nitpick, but NYC isn’t te largest metropolitan area in the world.

        • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

          I misread your post. I just hate American-itis.

          • Vmmercan 4 years ago

            I don’t blame you.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            “America is the greatest country in the world!!1!one!”

            “Oh, where else have you been?”

            “I’ve never been outside of the US.”

            I have had this conversation far too many times.

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            So have I, and it’s astonishing how many folks conveniently forget that much of what makes this country great is all the people who came from elsewhere to make it so!

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            Bravo dude.

          • johnsilver 4 years ago

            I have.. pretty much every Asian country (ports of call) while in the Navy years ago and NONE held a candle to the US. This includes even free countries like Japan and that time Phillipines when it was a strategic base, as well as one nice place.. Australia.

          • PJaysW 4 years ago

            ThAnks for that objective, unbiased account, accompanied by fantastic arguments to demonstrate why ‘merca is the greatest. WOOOOOOOO!

          • Pleeeeaasssee tell me your located or from Canada? Plllleeeeaaasssseeee!? The “Jays” in your handle are the bread crumbs I am following…

        • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

          So what is the world’s largest metropolitan area?

          • I believe it’s Tokyo. Looks like CC’s headed to Japan, guys.

          • not_brooks 4 years ago

            If you’re talking about just the city limits, I think it’s Mumbai now.

            CC’s going to India!

          • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

            Aha, That makes sense given the mass of humanity that is crammed there.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            Tokyo by a looooooong shot. NY is in the top 5 somewhere.

      • TreyIII 4 years ago

        Google “superfund” and “new jersey” and “toxic”… see what pulls up.

        “Already home to the largest number of Superfund toxic-waste sites in the nation, New Jersey expects to add 15 to 25 more properties to the National Priorities List in the next five years, state and federal authorities said.

        And while adding to the list means the state is eligible for more federal cleanup money, it also means New Jersey has yet to see the end of its terrible legacy of contamination, one that in some instances dates back a century”

        • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

          I am glad I don’t live in Jersey anymore, I identified more as a New Yorker since I lived in Mahwah and it was so close to NY.

      • And Jersey Shore ruins all that in like a second.

        • Vmmercan 4 years ago

          Jersey Shore, both the show and the location, is an excellent example of NJ in a nut shell.

          The people from the cast are almost all completely from other places (RI, NY) and they frequent Seaside Heights (which to the outsider who hasn’t researched, is a representation of the typical Jersey shore.

          The reality is much of the trash in both people and from a scenic standpoint which make up the shore are out of towners being trashy and trashing it. Seaside Heights is a cesspool and it is a huge touristy draw because of the boardwalk and close proximity. It is mostly made up of PA and NY trash (and jersey trash since everyone does have it) and it is one of the worst beaches on the shore.

          Seaside PARK and places like Lavalette, those are beautiful beaches and barely anyone from outside the state knows about them. It’s all Belmar, Seaside Heights and Wildwood for out of towners and those are the ugliest, most disgusting and worst places of the shore. But they get all the press.

      • Well it’s a cold day in southern California (where CC is from) 51 degrees and overcast. Why would he ever want to leave New Jersey?

    • woadude 4 years ago

      I think the New Jersey thing has a lot to do with it, rumors and tweets from his pals has him denying he is in New Jersey.

  4. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    Hey, CC is just too dang happy playing on the west coast.

  5. He’s gonna get a nice new contract when he opts out.

  6. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    In all seriousness, what do reporters expect him to say? “Oh, yes, I’m really hoping to put up sone big numbers this season so I can take advantage of my iot out clause.” Why do reporters even ask him about this?

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

      Just like the other day some reporters asked him about the Yankees rotation, yeah like he is really going to criticize his own teammates to the media

    • Where’s a good ‘ole John Rocker candid/racist interview when you need one?

  7. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    I really like the term “player-friendly” contract. Aren’t they all?

    • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

      evan longoria says hi.

      • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

        I think Longoria is doing fine.

      • not_brooks 4 years ago

        Longoria’s still going to make ~$45MM through his 30-year-old season. And the two years of free agency that the Rays bought out were bought at $11MM and $11.5MM.

        Team friendly? Of course. Not player friendly? Um… What?

        Longoria will make his money. And just because he didn’t feel the need to get as much as he possibly could as soon as he possibly could doesn’t mean his contract was a bad idea for him.

        • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

          I think league minimum contracts are pretty player friendly.

        • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

          consider that he could probably make 100 M by his age 30 season on the open market

          • not_brooks 4 years ago

            Considering the fact that Longoria wouldn’t have hit the open market until his age 29 season, I find that hard to believe.

            Sure, he could have made a good deal more through arbitration had he gone year-to-year, but again, signing long term with the Rays was his choice. He liked the core and the direction of the team that he was drafted and developed by, and he made a decision that was going to be extremely beneficial to him and to that team.

          • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

            Oh facts…

    • It’s like “friendly-fire”… What the hell?

  8. jwsox 4 years ago

    this is what happens…CC posts another stellar season(possibly even better with the added weight loss) He decides you know what, the worst thing that could happen is i Re-up with the yankees for 92 mill for maybe more years(a little more security) So he opts out. And starts people bidding, cubs, whitesox, rangers, angles, bosox, Yankees(of course) Cards(if they cant resign albert why not add a stud pitcher) mets, and maybe braves. When all is said and done. CC signs with the philles(who again come out of no where) and have the best rotation this game will ever see(albeit lefty heavy) Halladay-CC-Lee-Oswalt-hamels ….haha

  9. iheartyourfart 4 years ago

    if he makes it through this contract without opting out, it would be a rarity that a $150mil+ contract might actually be worth it for both sides. if he opts out here and gets another 6 or 7 year deal, it will definitely be an overpay for the final seasons.

  10. jayrub23 4 years ago

    Going to end up just like arods opt out. He opts out yanks say we wont re-sign him and then give him 10 years and 300mil

  11. Vmmercan 4 years ago

    If CC opts out, which I’m not entirely convinced yet, I could see him getting a 1-2 year extension and 58 million added onto his deal at best.

    That would essentially mean he resigns for 5-6 years and 126-151 million (an extra million to make him dollars more than Lee annually much like they did with Johan) with no opt out this time.

    Personally I don’t think the Yankees will have to go past five years/126 million if CC opts out.

    You can’t tell me the Red Sox are going to commit 58 million annually to three starters (two of which are in the middle to back of the rotation), essentially giving them a 70 million dollar rotation. Theo may have deep pockets, but I don’t see him allocating like that.

    Which leaves the Angels (doubt it thanks to Vernon), Cardinals (if no Pujols), Nationals (no chance), Giants (won’t spend that money on a pitcher when Zito’s contract comes off) Dodgers (still don’t know their ownership situation), Cubs (if Pujols doesn’t leave because they would go all in on him if he does) and Mets (highly doubt he leaves NY to stay in NY on an inferior team).

    • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

      He will get well over 5 years somewhere if he opts out. The Yankees aren’t going to have exclusive negotiating rights with him.

    • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

      Wait, “no chance” for the team that gave Jason Werth a bazillion dollars? The Nationals cannot be counted out of any big free agent. They seem to like throwing their money around.

      • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

        they are currently saving cash to give paul macanulty a $100mil deal when he hits .300

  12. If CC opts out, this could completely devastate the richest team in MLB – a year after losing out on the top free agent pitcher (Cliff Lee). Why would Cashman give such rich contracts and allow terms written into contracts like the one CC has allowing him the ability to opt out after 4 years? Considering how thin the free agent market is, if CC bolted, they’d throw a boatload of cash at Yu Darvish to try and get him over to America.

    • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

      Once, just once, I’d like to see someone actually throw a boatload of cash.

    • Something tells me they’re going to throw a boatload of cash at Yu Darvish anyway if he makes any kind of implication that he’s willing to come to the US.

    • Adam Wainright would be a Yankee if CC opts out.

      • $1545094 4 years ago

        how would Wainwright become a free agent? there is vesting option for 2012 at $10 MIL and $12 MIL for 2013. if the Cardinals can exercise that then why would they not?

  13. not_brooks 4 years ago

    Reporter: Hey, CC! Are you going to opt out?
    CC: I’m not going to opt out, but anything is possible.

    If CC puts up a typical CC season, he most certainly will opt out. As the best pitcher on the market, he’ll have all the leverage, and he’ll easily get a lot more than the $92MM remaining on his current deal with the Yankees.

    • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

      A) especially with the way this offseason has gone for the Yankees, why in God’s name would he want to endure the shitstorm that would ensue if he gave the honest answer everyone knows?

      B) he might even be able to top the contract that he signed with the Yankees originally. He was a very good pitcher coming out of Cleveland. The guy’s a superstar now. And the “Natinals” exist now. Who knows what the Angels might do if he came back on the market.

      Let’s be honest, unless he gets hurt or has a poor season it’s gonna get ugly for the Yankees.

  14. Since_77 4 years ago

    Good for CC! He’s already the highest paid pitcher in MLB and does a lot good work in his community. Why move your family for a few move $$.

  15. Victor Kipp 4 years ago

    Ya right!!! Why wouldn’t he? He can get another 7 year contract at the end of the season especially if he pitches this year like he did the past 2. This is obviously C.C. being politically correct. Does anyone on here actually think he would come out and say “oh ya I’m definitely opting out. What I really want is another long term deal just for more money this time around”.

  16. in my opinion the smart thing to do would be to opt out. especially if the market for starting pitchers is not very good. He could probably get an exact deal he did at 29 from the exact same team, the yanks would be desperate for him.

  17. What is enough money?

  18. Leonard Washington 4 years ago

    The Yankees would be in the most need of him if he opted out but with that said I just don’t see it. CC has said on the record twice he doesnt want to opt out, so unless over the course of the next season the team goes into some kind of rebuilding phase and fails to make upgrades i dont think he is gonna change his mind.

    • dethonthestairs 4 years ago

      What makes you think he’s telling the whole truth?

  19. Yeah, right….$150MM would make Jesus opt out of Golgatha.

  20. Hoon 4 years ago

    Remember when this post used to be about CC Sabathia and his option? Those were the good ol days..

  21. BlueJaysFTW 4 years ago

    LOL. See ya later CC. Are the Yankees even gonna be good after this year?

    • InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

      First of all, he isn’t opting out with the intention of signing elsewhere, but rather to cash in on a larger deal with NY.

      Yes the Yankees will still be very good.

      Lastly, they will be better than the Jays so…

      • BlueJaysFTW 4 years ago

        He’s opting out with the intention of getting more money anywhere he can. Does not mean it is going to be with the Yankees.

        • Guest 4 years ago

          Cubs have just found a reason to bolster their rotation even more.

        • bonestock94 4 years ago

          The Yankees have the most money, he’s already a Yankee, and in 2009 he proved that he seeks the big payday. If that doesn’t point to him coming back to the Yankees, I don’t know what to tell you.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        “lastly, they will be better than the Jays so…”

        Can you explain to me what this has to do with CC, or the guy aboves comment?

        Or are you just working on your trolling.

        • InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

          “Lol, are the Yankees even going to be good after this year”

          I know it’s fashionable to hate on the Yankees but acting like theyre going to suck is just stupid. So while he rags on the Yanks I am just reminding him that NY will still be better than Toronto.

          I appreciate your response to try and defend Toronto’s honor, but it wasn’t needed.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            I’m not defending Toronto’s honor, I dont need too

            I just think the argument that Oh you’re a Jays fan, Royals fan, Pirate fan therefore don’t criticize the Yankees or any other currently better team is pretty lame.. Last I checked we were all baseball fans and we’re discussing baseball.

    • bonestock94 4 years ago

      lol, Cliff Lee goes to Philly and now everyone thinks the Yankees can’t sign anyone anymore.

  22. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    “Sabathia Does Not Intend To Opt Out.” “Sabathia is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract”

    Either I’m crazy or these or contradictory statements.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      No, seriously. I want to know if I’m crazy or just totally nuts.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        The original story posted at 9:30am had the tone that sabathia did not intend to opt out based his own words

        later in the day a new source emerged, that said the opposite, instead of making a new thread they added it to the original one

  23. dc21892 4 years ago

    Easy business decision by Sabathia.

  24. so pretty much it will go like this (ala a-rod)
    CC pitches then opts out

    two thing could happen
    A: another team out bids the yanks for CC’s services, and the yanks get screwed
    B: CC opts out (ala a-rod) and then rapes the yankees for all their money, screwing the yanks because they will give him a deal that will overpay him and take him past his prime?

    either way the yanks will get screwed or raped so they cant win

    • They can’t win but its a definite win for baseball fans around the league. I always like seeing the Yankee’s getting screwed.

      • dethonthestairs 4 years ago

        They can actually win if they stop giving all of their free agents opt out clauses. Soriano’s deal is actually mentally challenged.

      • So, how is this a win for baseball fans around the league? This board is littered with people whining about players wanting too much money, and I assume that this “win” is solely based on the Yanks not landing their man? So, CC gets a huge contract (everyone cries), the Yanks lose their man (everyone screams for joy)? I am confused…

        I see what you’re conveying, but for the sake of argument…

    • MB923 4 years ago

      As I said, the same situation was going to happen with Cliff Lee. The Yankees would get laughed at whether he came or whether he didn’t.

      If he came, they’d laugh at the money amount given and at his age and bad back

      And, in end, they’d laugh if he didn’t come here to begin with, turns out that was the result.

  25. He’s going to opt-out and get the money that the Yankees had for Lee no ways around that.

  26. $1545094 4 years ago

    CC will opt out, BANK it. you know HE is going to BANK it when he gets even more money from someone whether it’s the Yankees or someone else.
    I love the potential here. as a non Yankee fan, I’d love to see them lose CC with no real high level free agent available after 2011.

    • as a sox fan its a double edged sword

      yanks DONT re-sign him, they go trade for felix….

      rather have CC on the yanks past his prime then felix

      • Donskoy 4 years ago

        there’s no way the Mariners trade King Felix. They have him signed for cheap (relatively speaking) for the next four years and he’s the only player (besides Ichiro) on that roster that draws any fans to their games. Besides, they’ve been pretty good every other year and they were terrible last year so I like their chances of going .500 on the season this year.

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

        You’re as bad as the nutso yanks fans who think they can get Hernandez without giving up Montero or a pitching prospect.

        • dude i know it will cost them and arm and a leg, but if the yanks cant keep CC they will trade anyone in their system/team to get him, even ten i dont want the yanks to get him”

          i really really hope SEA NEVER NEVE R NVER trades felix

      • dc21892 4 years ago

        The Yankees aren’t going to be getting Hernandez anytime soon.

      • ACra 4 years ago

        Hernandez has a full NTC in his contract. Even if he were to waive it, the talks would likely start with Banuelos or Montero +. Not happening.

    • RedSoxDynasty 4 years ago

      If the Angels came calling, the Yanks would stand a chance of losing him as his wife prefers California! Otherwise he’ll sign in NY for 7-8 yrs at 23-26 mil per year!

      • MB923 4 years ago

        She preferred California the last time too.

        • But now he at least has 1 WS ring.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            And if he wants more, the Angels are the team to go to?

          • PJaysW 4 years ago

            No. Now that he has one he may be more inclined to go closer to the fambam.

    • MB923 4 years ago

      CC will be a Yankee in 2012, BANK it.

  27. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    If he opted out, the Yanks would simply resign him for more. That’s probably why he is going to opt out. If you know you can get more money for doing the same job, why not?

  28. *Cashman fliips the table across the room*

  29. Flharfh 4 years ago

    The Yanks pitching staff would be a train wreck without him, and he has no comparable competition. Easy decision to opt out, and get some more money out of the Yankees. Kudos to his agent for setting this up.

  30. MDMV 4 years ago

    I was talking about this when Lee signed and nobody wanted to acknowledge it. If Lee can get 5-125 at age 32 then cc will be able to get much more than the 4-92 left on his deal at age 31…….its a no brainer he opts out

    • MB923 4 years ago

      If he has a mediocre year he won’t be.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        Even if he has a mediocre year he is leaps and bounds ahead of any other FA

        • MB923 4 years ago

          Yes but that’s not the point I was making. He is probably only going to opt out if he can get a raise. But if he has a mediocre year (and when I mean mediocre I mean let’s say an ERA in the mid 4’s or something, although I don’t expect that of course), he’s not going to get a raise.

  31. MB923 4 years ago

    I know. Just saying.

  32. Encarnacion's Parrot 4 years ago

    You know, if the Yankees somehow lose CC, Billy Crystal is still available.

  33. theyankeefanatic 4 years ago

    As a Yankee fan i have to scratch my head sometimes…wasn’t the size of the contract offered for CC enough to compel him to sign…why did they have to give him an opt-out clause…why do they outbid themselves…i love that the yanks go out and get the best player to fill their need…but i hate that they give themselves a budget…but then pay players way more than the next highest bidder…like in the case Arod and Jeter…why pay a player more than you have to but then set a hard budget when dealing with Damon or Lee…they have the money or so it seems…if thats true then out bid all others to get the player you need…but if the next highest bid is much lower than yours don’t increase your bid like they did with CC…couldn’t they have gotten him for 6 years 126 mill without an optout clause…but if the yanks had to go 7 years 161 then certainly don’t give the player an opt-out clause…if anything have seventh year club option…but they didn’t go all out with Cliff Lee…as if they had a world series rotation in their minor leauge pitchers…if the Yanks want to throw money around why didn’t offer lee 7 years 161 mill…i can’t understand it…but they could have gotten away with paying Jeter far less and not given him a player option…so now they have a old short stop who’s production and defense is easier to replace and no extra ace who is absolutely necessary to win in the post season…and because of it they might not make the playoffs this year and each year it will be that much harder to make the playoffs…i just don’t understand Yankee ownership…and if CC opts out then where will the Yanks be…if they let him go they will pay probably in losses and if they resign him they pay in dollars and having ace past his prime getting ace money…a situation that was totally avoidable when they signed him the first time…

  34. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    Lol, true I could stand to hear “battling,” “we battled,” etc about 1,000,000 times less a season, but let’s not go nuts. We already have 1 too many Ozzie Guillens.

  35. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    Ozzie Guillen yes, Terrell Owens hell no

  36. Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

    or the NBA phrase: “at the end of the day”

    Or a combination:

    “at the end of the day, we just need to battle one game at a time!”

  37. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Albert Pujols?

  38. Brad426 4 years ago

    Nothing? I can think of LOTS things just right off the top of my head that would make me happier.

  39. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    My favorite…. “It is, what it is”

  40. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    I really wish they had made that commercial a series. Chasing his hat across the globe and universe.

  41. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    You would too if you had to jump out of helicopter

  42. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Freddy Garcia

  43. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    Nick Swisher?

  44. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Bill Hall’s got a nasty curve

  45. AngelHater 4 years ago

    Ben Sheets…

  46. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    My family’s gotta eat!!

  47. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    I think he maybe referring to rookies and bench players.

  48. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    Wasn’t that featured in one of the Coors Light commercials mocking one of the coaches?

  49. MB923 4 years ago


  50. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    It would be hard to compare them after he’s eaten them all (c’mon, no one has made an eating joke yet!).

    Would Matsui give up his Godzilla nickname?

  51. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    Actually lol’d.

  52. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    I never thought I’d miss Herm Edwards.

  53. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    $400k is the minimum a player can make in the majors.

  54. MB923 4 years ago

    Kei Igawa

  55. PJaysW 4 years ago

    Didn’t he get a strike out a couple years ago when they threwhim I. For some late inning mop up duty? I realize the minors is the first place a baseball player becomes exclusively a position player or pitcher, but a strike out for an MLB position player is nothing to scoff at. I seem to remember him laughing onthe mound when it happened.

  56. crackis4lovers 4 years ago

    Oh I see what you did there!

  57. $400k? I am trying out for the Royals. F-It. I’d take $400k to be a 14th string ball player. Not that THAT is ever going to happen.

    I just wanted to contribute another “worlds dumbest posting” and take the mantle from that guy who said that thing on that one thread the other day.

  58. dethonthestairs 4 years ago

    He may get a chance to showcase himself…

  59. …and if I had four wishes that I could make this holiday season, first would be the crap about the kids.. second would be for the $30 million.. the third would be for all the power.. and the fourth would be to set aside one month each year for an extended 31-day…

  60. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago


  61. MB923 4 years ago

    He obviously meant Felix

    I don’t know who the idiots that made up that rumor of the Yankees getting Felix. He is not tradable. If he was in his 30’s, maybe it’s a different story.

  62. MB923 4 years ago

    And Red Sox fans are the smartest, right?

  63. MB923 4 years ago

    So therefore in your mind, the issues of a Derek Jeter contract weren’t nonsense?

  64. MB923 4 years ago

    Just a curious question, why would he not want to play for them anymore? Unless he wants to add on to a rotation of Lee, Halladay Oswalt Hamels and soon to be CC and win probably 5 WS in a row lol.

  65. Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

    Clearly the main reason he would opt out of his current deal is so he could get more money. I’m not saying that’s the only reason but it has to be the main reason why. He has never once said he didn’t like playing for the Yankees. The only teams I could see offering him more money than NY are the Cubs and the Angels, but both those teams have bigger needs than pitching and offer less of a chance to win than New York. Cliff Lee spurned the Yanks because the Phillies offered him a reasonable deal at least somewhat close to the Yankees, and he absolutely loved playing there. If CC was offered a deal, he would be taking SUBSTANTIALLY less money there than from any other team.

  66. MB923 4 years ago

    Michael Vick is the referee

  67. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    yes, are you new?

  68. Blue Jays – if they have another surprise season and management thinks it is ready to start assembling the rest of the pieces.

  69. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    that is exactly what he said

  70. PJaysW 4 years ago

    Jays fans actually. Blame it on our education.

  71. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    ugh. do not want.

  72. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Jon! C’mon say it aint sooo

    We need to add players, but I don’t know about pitchers…

    plus I doubt CC would opt out and come to Toronto..

    Yankees fans would go mental, end up killing him and because its on Canadian soil end up with probation and a firm verbal thrashing

  73. MB923 4 years ago

    O Rly?

  74. MB923 4 years ago

    Why would you not want Sabathia?

  75. MB923 4 years ago

    Ha, probably.

  76. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Presumably, because he’ll be overpriced. He’s a definitive ace pitcher, but the odds are against him performing up to the kind of deal it’d likely take to pry him away from NY.

  77. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    I would love to have Sabathia. for 5/50.

  78. MB923 4 years ago

    Well of course he’ll be ovepriced wherever he goes, but didn’t the Blue Jays say they plan to increase payroll anyway in the near future?

  79. MB923 4 years ago

    Yeah but it’s not like any of us are paying for it. It’s expensive to the owners and team, not the fans. Just saying.

  80. MB923 4 years ago

    I’m not saying that though cause I’m a Yankee fan. I’m saying it as a baseball, or even just as a sports fan. I didn’t hear a peep out of very few Nats fans bleeping about the Werth contract. They were happy they got him.

  81. PJaysW 4 years ago

    “I just hope we can win a game!… Another one!”

  82. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    that is my least favourite excuse to signing a megacontract. Of course it matters to me that my team is burning mountains of cash.

  83. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    well its the Nats fans, what do you expect?

  84. MB923 4 years ago

    What do I expect of Natinals (Yes, Natinals) fans? I expect them to only sell out games when Strasburg pitches. So in other words, no sell outs for National games in 2011. And maybe 1 out of every 5 games hopefully in 2012

  85. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    not my point, but very good point

  86. MB923 4 years ago

    Is it 2017 yet?

  87. MB923 4 years ago

    Remove the /, and that will probably be his weight sooner or later.

  88. PJaysW 4 years ago

    It’s loonie homy.

    See what I did there?

  89. Lunchbox45 4 years ago



  90. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    fat jokes hurt feelings

  91. deere5800 4 years ago

    Can’t believe I was first to like that…one of the best SNL skits of all time

  92. MB923 4 years ago

    Tiger Woods doesn’t tip.

    He does like to spit though.

  93. MB923 4 years ago

    O Canada!

  94. What does that even mean?

  95. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Given that he’ll be overpriced, but considering the rate at which the Jays have been churning out quality pitching, locking up someone like Sabathia seems pointless. Beyond that, it’s not the price I’d be concerned with, it’s the years. While the Jays aren’t exactly the Marlins, they aren’t the Yankees/Sox either. They can afford a high priced player, but having one locked up so expensively for so long could hamstring them.

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