Sabathia’s Agent Discusses Opt-Out Clause

Yankees ace CC Sabathia is widely expected to exercise his opt-out clause soon after the World Series, foregoing the final four years of his contract in search of an even larger payday. In today's Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Buster Olney spoke to Brian Peters, Sabathia's agent, about the situation….

"CC has been clear about how he feels about New York and the Yankees," Peters said on Saturday morning, "and we will exhaust all of our efforts to reach a new agreement (with the Yankees)."

When asked if negotations about a new deal with New York have started, Peters replied: "As of today, I've got nothing new to report."

Sabathia, 31, will be leaving $92MM on the table if he opts out. His ERA has gone down in each of his three seasons in New York (3.00 in 2011), and his strikeout (8.7 K/9) and walk (2.3 BB/9) rates this year were his best since 2008. Olney mentions that there was some concern in the Yankees organization about how the lefty's weight affected his command late in the season (4.30 ERA in his last nine starts), but there should be little concern about his durability; Sabathia has thrown at least 230 innings every year since 2007.

We heard the Rangers were preparing to "throw a boatload of money" at Sabathia earlier this week, and Olney speculates that the Cubs and Angels could get involved as well. MLBTR readers were pretty split when asked how much Sabathia's next contract will be worth about two weeks ago.


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71 Comments on "Sabathia’s Agent Discusses Opt-Out Clause"


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3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think it’s a good idea for the Yankees to give a six- or seven-year deal to Sabathia this off-season, any more than I thought it was a good idea to give a six- or seven-year deal to Cliff Lee, last off-season. It’d be a bitter pill, but if he wants that many years the Yanks should let him walk. Even five is iffy, in my humble opinion. I’d offer him four with a club option for a fifth, and then let him walk if he got six or seven from Texas.

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yankeeparrothead
3 years 8 months ago

I agree with you on all points

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andrewyf
3 years 8 months ago

Of course, this is what leads to teams like the Red Sox missing out on the elite free agents, so they have to severely overpay mediocre (Lackey) or merely decent (Crawford) talent in order to fill the subsequent holes on their teams.

The downgrade from CC to CJ is massive. Plus, you have to give up your first round draft pick for CJ. The Yankees will most certainly be the team to offer CC the best contract. What he does with that offer is up to him.

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3 years 8 months ago

Haha, Crawford was an elite free agent. Perhaps he’s not elite now, but he was before the signing.

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andrewyf
3 years 8 months ago

Nah. I would say he and Matt Holliday were on the same level when they signed their deals (I was over the moon when I found out the Sox barely even tried to sign Holliday. Can you imagine his bat in Fenway?). Crawford’s best skill – by far – is his speed. You can’t call someone with great speed and only so-so everything else elite, sorry. Paying $140+M for speed was one of the worst free agent decisions I’ve ever seen. Speed is by far the least important aspect of a player’s game.

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Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 8 months ago

If you slot his 2010 numbers in the 3-hole his past season you can make the argument he is worth 20 mil (performance and name value) but i dont think anyone saw him performing that badly. Also and i the only person who finds it some what comical that they sold everone on the idea he would become the kind of  player that Ellsbury ultimately became.

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3 years 8 months ago

Thank you, that is pretty much my point. People try to argue that his only skill was his speed, selectively ignore the fact that he put up 10.5 war between 09-10. 

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notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

and while most of that was from UZR, he was a straight up good hitter that whole time. his .372 wOBA was 8th among all outfielders and is the exact level at which josh hamilton produced this year (or, if you adjust for league and park, justin upon)

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3 years 8 months ago

You’d get a first round draft pick for losing CC I would assume. Or does his opt out excuse him free Type A free agency? I would love to know the details on that, like if CC opts out can he still be offered arbitration. If it does he would be worth sooooo sooooo much more.

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ubercubsfan
3 years 8 months ago

Yankee’s really need pitching.  Maybe something like 150MM/6yr with options.
100MM/2012-2015
25MM/2016 (If CC makes a total of 400 IP in years ’14-’15)
25MM/2017 (Player option if 2016 option vests)

Would be on par with what Philadelphia offered Lee AAV I believe.

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NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

I agree that 6-7 years is risky, but regardless the Yankees should still give him the money. You can sign CC for 7 or CJ for 5. CJ is not a top of the line elite pitcher like CC, Halladay, or King Felix. Signing top of the line pitchers are less risky than signing a 2nd tier pitcher (like Lackey or Burnett). To me, it’s actually less of a gamble to go to CC for 7 than CJ for 5.

Not to mention…what are the Yankees going to do with CC?

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3 years 8 months ago

Normally I’d agree with this statement, but that weight CC put on is alarming, he lost a bunch of weight in the off season and gained it all back and then some during the year. If he goes at this rate I can’t imagine his legs being able to support him in his mid 30s. He might be the bigger risk as a result.

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NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah I suppose, now that you point that out.

I guess CC is a bit more risky, but I truly believe in my statement for guys like Halladay – top notch pitcher who’s proven himself year after year! Nevertheless, injury is always a risk, but barring any injuries, these guys are just usually more reliable in the long haul.

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captainjeter
3 years 8 months ago

enough already about the weight. The Yankees can and will lay down the law about him maintaining a  healthier  weight. The Tigers have done it  with Cabrera  and the Giants  have done  this  with Sandovol.

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ATLian
3 years 8 months ago

I wish atlanta told andruw about his weight..

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Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

The problem with that is that if the Yankees don’t resign him they have no ace and lots of holes in their rotation. Big market teams offering such dumb long term contracts put themselves in this situation. They are all looking at win now because eventually if the contract becomes ugly and the player doesn’t produce they can eat the contract. 

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3 years 8 months ago

and they don’t already? anywhere from the 3rd on is a ? Burnett is still a ? Hughes is a ? and their 5th starter who knows?

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Tko11
3 years 8 months ago

But if they let him go it gets even worse.

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captainjeter
3 years 8 months ago

Yankeee fan? Be prepared to not make the playoffs  then , genius

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3 years 8 months ago

Texas should worry about the ALCS before talking offseason moves.

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MadmanTX
3 years 8 months ago

It was just an unnamed rumor and doubtful it came from anybody in the Rangers organization–I seriously doubt the Rangers are focused on anything except the Tigers at this point.

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vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Agreed.  Pretty clear this came from Sabathia’s agent.

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3 years 8 months ago

 This is just flat out greed.

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Jeff
3 years 8 months ago

It is greed but its the fault of teams out there that will pay players this rediculous amount of money that allows players to demand this much.  If all the teams would take a hard line stance and not pay contracts like that we wouldn’t have this issue.

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Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah!  Then after the owners stop paying these “rediculous” salaries, they can pass on the savings to the fans by lowering ticket prices!  

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vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Yep, Sabathia should just be happy with the money he has. I’m sure none of us would take more money if it were to be thrown at us…

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3 years 8 months ago

Even if so, it is not different than almost all contract negotiations in any profession. If you can make more money doing what you do, then for your own benefit and your peers benefit you probably take advantage of it.

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3 years 8 months ago

How much more than $23 million per year will he get? Or is it just the length of contract he wants extended?

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NomarGarciaparra
3 years 8 months ago

He won’t get much more (if any more) than 23M per, but he will get another 6 or 7 years.

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TXHC
3 years 8 months ago

He wants as many of those $23mm a year seasons as he can possibly get.  Can’t say I blame him.

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bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Just tack on a few more years at $23m and stay in NY. Seems like a win for everyone.