Yankees Won’t Talk Opt-Out With Sabathia In Season

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told ESPN.com's Buster Olney that the team won't discuss C.C. Sabathia's upcoming opt-out clause during the season. However, Cashman says he fully expects the left-hander to be with the team in 2012.

Sabathia can opt out of his contract after the season instead of collecting the $92MM he's owed through 2015. As Olney points out, the Yankees allow their free agents – even franchise icons like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera – to hit free agency before discussing deals. The same applies to Sabathia, who could position himself for well over $100MM in guaranteed money with another Cy Young caliber season.

23 Responses to Yankees Won’t Talk Opt-Out With Sabathia In Season Leave a Reply

  1. He’ll be pitching with Haren and Weaver in Anaheim, next season.

    • Just like how Crawford and Beltre were supposed to bat 3 and 4 in the lineup for the Angels this year?

    • Hermie13 4 years ago

      Definitely a possibility….but yeah, not sure the Yanks will let him walk. I’m think 6 years and $140M to remain in NY will be what he gets.

      Crazy scenario would the Giants jumping into the bidding. They only have $72M or so guaranteed for 2012. Even if we say Lincecum gets $20M, you’re still talking about $25M they are short of this year’s deal. Lincecum, CC, Cain, sanchez, Mad-bum, Wheeler…yikes. Zito will be gone too the year Lincecum hits free agency so will have some money to play with then.

      But again, this is likely to play out like the A-rod and Jeter negotiations….he’s not going anywhere.

    • Nick Sossamon 4 years ago

      Maybe we should actually extend Weaver first before worrying about C.C. Sabathia. And you really think the Angels will compete with the Yankees in $$$ for Sabathia? I’m a die hard Angels fan, but come on now.

  2. James Stevens 4 years ago

    Im pretty sure Haren and Weaver will both be out of Anaheim next year.
    Maybe the Yankees target Haren.

    • fxx3605 4 years ago

      id hope for weaver but its unlikely

    • Nick Sossamon 4 years ago

      You know that Haren is signed through 2013 right? And Weaver is still on the Angels next year?

      For every post about a top tier player, there will always be a Yankee fan claiming him for their team in their imaginary fantasy land.

  3. johnsilver 4 years ago

    Cashman won’t talk opt out with Sabathia during the season, or Hank Steinbrenner won’t?

  4. Austin Plack 4 years ago

    Wouldnt he be a great replacement if the cards cant sign pujols? The cards could get rid of the aging carpenter. Rotation:
    1. Adam Wainwright
    2. CC Sabathia
    3. Jaime Garcia
    4. Kyle Lohse
    5. Jake Westbrook

    Best rotation in baseball? I know that there is virtually no chance of this happening but its just a thought.

    • Bob George 4 years ago

      You think the Cardinals are
      1) going to pick up Wainright’s 2012 option for $9 million when he’s not going to contribute a lot next season while he gets his feet wet,
      2) pay over $25 mil per year for at least 5 years for a age 32 season pitcher with a ton of mileage on his arm?

      The Cards aren’t doing either.

      Also, if they do lose Pujols they aren’t going to spend more than they’ve already offered Pujols to replace him with a player who plays in 35 games at most.

      And let’s pretend for a minute they did. 3/5ths of that rotation would be a pitcher coming back from major surgery, and 2 league average starters in Lohse and Westbrook. That’s not the best rotation in baseball, not by a mile.

      • Hermie13 4 years ago

        Actually wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Cards picked up Wainwright’s option. And if Pujols walks…wouldn’t completely rule out CC, though still seems very unlikely (I’d look at Prince first).

      • stl_cards16 4 years ago

        Wainwright’s options will be picked up. If he gives you half of a good season next year 9MM isn’t that bad and then the 12MM for 2013 will be a steal as long as he makes it back by then.

        Look at it this way, even if he contributes next to nothing in 2012, as long as he is an Ace again by 2013, you pay 21MM for a dominant pitcher for one season. Pretty much the going rate these days. The option WILL be picked up as long as there aren’t any major setbacks between now and October.

  5. greggpf 4 years ago

    Cashman has always been up front, honest and has followed through on what he has said.


  6. Bob George 4 years ago

    I call Sabathia’s bluff if I’m Cashman and publicly announce the Yankees will not renegotiate his contract, period. He’s free to become a free agent and leave. He’s not going to get a better deal than what he already has. Who is going to pay him more? Boston’s hands are tied with their horrible contracts. Nobody else is going to pay Sabathia more than $92 million over 4 years, and if they are dumb enough to do it, good riddance. Signing players in their 30’s to $20-25 million per year deals is just idiotic.

    • Hermie13 4 years ago

      You are crazy if you think CC won’t top 4 years and $92M on the free agent market. He’s younger than Lee was last winter. Unless he gets hurt, CC is going to get more guaranteed money than what he still has left on his deal. That’s not even a debate.

      Cashman can call his bluff…..and then he’ll be without his ace.

  7. “Based on that, I predict Lebron James will score two touchdowns in the last inning of our next game against Spain.”

    • southpawryno 4 years ago

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  8. captainjeter 4 years ago

    Yankees are not going to let Sabathia leave without a fight.They can’t afford to. Betances and Banuelous are not ready yet and Cashman is not going to go with 2 unproven starters in 2012. Next year , CC will stil be the Yanks ace. He might get additional years, period.
    He built a huge house in NJ , loves it here , as does his wife Amber and their 4 kids. He is very invloved in the local community . As Burnettt said , “Have you seen his house ?” He ain’t going n nowhere.He has said over and over how much he loves playing for the Yankees and he loves his teammates.

  9. $3081341 4 years ago

    Either LA, SF, or Texas. Stick it to Cashman & Co.

  10. Guest 4 years ago

    I guess it is true that wearing a tinfoil hat doesn’t increase brain functionality..Thanks for checking that out for us.

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