Yankees, C.C. Sabathia Agree To Extension

C.C. Sabathia has agreed to a precedent-setting contract that will keep him in pinstripes and off of the free agent market. The 31-year-old left-hander announced on his Twitter account and on Zoodig.com that he has agreed to a new deal with the Yankees. 

He could have opted out of the remaining four years and $92MM of his original seven-year, $161MM contract with New York by midnight tonight. Instead, he gets a deal that guarantees him $122MM and could be worth as much as $142MM. Sabathia will earn $24.4MM per season over the course of the five guaranteed seasons — slightly more than his former teammate, Cliff Lee, obtained last offseason and more than any other pitcher has obtained on a multiyear deal. Sabathia's original contract is still the largest guaranteed total for any pitcher in history.

“CC is the ace of our pitching staff, a leader in our clubhouse and a driving force for the Yankees in our community,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. “He is exactly the type player and person that Yankees fans and this organization can be proud of.”

The sides agreed to add a $25MM salary for 2016 and a vesting option worth the same amount for 2017 ($5MM buyout), according to ESPN's Buster Olney (via Twitter) and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The option automatically vests unless Sabathia finishes the 2016 season on the DL with a left shoulder injury, spends 45 days on the DL with a left shoulder injury, or makes at least six relief appearances in 2016 due to shoulder problems, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (all Twitter links).

The Yankees originally offered Sabathia a five-year contract worth $120.5MM according to Sherman (on Twitter), but the team increased their offer today to prevent their ace from opting out and hitting the open market. Olney reports (on Twitter) that the two sides are still awaiting contract language approval.

Though Cashman's offseason became much simpler tonight, it's by no means complete. The Yankees will likely explore deals for pitching and look to solidify their bullpen and bench.


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235 Comments on "Yankees, C.C. Sabathia Agree To Extension"


Manny Hernandez
3 years 9 months ago

That was quick.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 9 months ago

That’s what she said. (sorry had to) 

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 9 months ago

It was a harmless joke give me a break. 

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Why so serious all of the sudden?

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 9 months ago

Je n’sais pas. 

Manny Hernandez
3 years 9 months ago

its cool. i set myself up for that one lol

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

haha yeah you really did

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

dude, you’re doing it wrong. That’s the equivalent of saying TWSS to “that’s tiny”.

EarlyMorningBoxscore
3 years 9 months ago

Sorry Funkasaurus I have learned the error of my ways. 

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

YES!!! Awesome to get this done asap! I knew all along that CC was going to stay and handle it like a professional! 

Ari Goldberg
3 years 9 months ago

very impressive

rainyperez
3 years 9 months ago

I was extremely disappointed that C.C. did not start his tweet off with a, “Hey! Hey! Hey!”

LifeLongYankeeFan
3 years 9 months ago

That would have been freaking hilarious

ARod's Ring
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t get it….

Yankees420
3 years 9 months ago

Really? Or is sarcasm flying over my head. 

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Holy Crap.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Check out the video on Riveraveblues. Guy is super cool. Chilling in his bedroom giving the Yank fans a “what’s up” that he’ll be back. 

bomberj11
3 years 9 months ago

(Insert food/fat joke here)

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

(He has the metabolism of someone with low metabolism)

Jack do good? Jack do good.

3 years 9 months ago

Not an extension, according to Sabathia’s tweet. He didn’t opt out.
Even though I’m all for chasing the money, that still shows class and is cool for him.

3 years 9 months ago

Never mind on the opt out thing, he said extension in his video. But still pretty nice that he didn’t drag this out like a certain “classy” shortstop last year.

3 years 9 months ago

Actually, I was right/wrong in both tweets. He’s keeping current contract, plus a 1/$30 million extension that could vest to be 2/50.

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Why are you talking to yourself?

Dan Weinert
3 years 9 months ago

he didn’t drag it out–the Yankees did–and given what they paid to the soap opera known as ARod, lowballing him and telling him to search elsewhere was classless…

Vmmercan
3 years 9 months ago

Too bad it was not the same person doing the negotiations and thus your comment is misinformed and makes no sense.

Sheila Spencer Stover
3 years 9 months ago

THANK you, Dan—all the hype was straight out of the Yankee office,  given  Derek’s reputation, how he has always conducted himself, to treat him as tho he didn’t matter?  Remember what happened when they pulled that on Pettit? Best lft handed pitcher, fabulous post season stats, always a team player/gentleman- he accepted  another  offer,  gone 3 yrs. I don’t care if you run a gas station,  a motel , or a baseball club—you treat  those who do good work for you with respect/fairness.  My cousin, David, feels Arod is past his pinnacle, watch out for more injuries.  David  was right on target all season long—guess next year I’ll listen closer!

commenter3346
3 years 9 months ago

He actually didn’t say what it was. He just said he’d be with the Yankees next year, which could mean he didn’t opt out or they agreed to an extension. 

3 years 9 months ago

It doesn’t say he didn’t opt out, just that he would be back next year. No terms are specified one way or the other.

3 years 9 months ago

Go to the link, and watch the video. It clarifies.

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 9 months ago

This is very shocking but pleasantly surprising. Regardless of whether or not it works out for the Yankees and their future post-seasons, I’m impressed with how quickly the issue was resolved.

If the numbers reported are accurate: (one-year extension worth $25MM on top of the four years and $92Mm remaining on Sabathia’s original deal. There’s also a $25MM option for 2017 with a $5MM buyout) then I’m EXTREMELY impressed with how reasonable Sabathia was and how fair that contract is. VERY impressed.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Somewhere around $128mm for 5 years with a 6th year mutual option and a $2mm buyout. $130mm guaranteed. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

the sixth year is a vesting option that’s pretty sure to vest. sounds more like a 2 extra years at $25M per with an escape clause if he hurts his shoulder in 2016

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, I wrote that before the official $$ were reported. 

TartanElk
3 years 9 months ago

I’m guessing 7 years ~$150million with a vesting option for half ownership in the Krispy Kreme chain and 2 player options for his own KFC franchises. Give or take a Burger King or two.

JerseyJohn32190
3 years 9 months ago

I GET IT, CUZ HE’S FAT!! HEY EVERYONE, LOOK AT THE FUNNY GUY OVER HERE!!

TartanElk
3 years 9 months ago

We understand how this place works, yes? Be glad I decided not to use my, “Can he pitch?” joke.

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

Well, can he?

101andCounting
3 years 9 months ago

I’ve been reading MLBTR comments for like, three years now. Your “Can he pitch” joke has never failed to make me laugh.

As for Sabathia, I think this was a good move by the Yanks. I kinda hoped he’d opt out and go somewhere else, though, although I’m not really surprised that he stayed in New York.

3 years 9 months ago

 In a couple of years, other than Cano, what Yankee will be able to get down the first base line without a bus pass? CC will lead a bunch of geriatrics.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

brett gardner might make it

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

nope. CC would’ve eaten him by then.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

To what end? He’s got no meat on him.

MaineSox
3 years 9 months ago

And CC would have to catch him napping ’cause there’s no way he catches him in a foot race.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

I suddenly have the awful urge to re-illustrate my daughter’s copy of the Gingerbread Man with Sabathia, Colon and Chamberlain chasing after Gardner.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Haven’t you watched national geographic? You go for the legs, let the wound fester and then wait until the animal dies from the infection.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

He’s a good source of calcium.

Dan Weinert
3 years 9 months ago

Cano–he’s the slowest athletic looking guy ON the team—his speed is absolute mediocrity

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

As long as he hits 25-30 homeruns, i don’t think too many yankee fans will notice it LOL, at least he’s not Posada.

n0s
3 years 9 months ago

I think it was more of an old joke than a speed joke.

Casor_Greener
3 years 9 months ago

Guarantee they will still be winning

3 years 9 months ago

and their “fans” will continue to say the playoffs mean nothing and regular season winzzz determines the best team in baseball.

Vmmercan
3 years 9 months ago

Tex will be 33…Swisher, if he’s resigned, will be what, 32?…..Granderson will be 31?…Montero will be 23…. So, is your joke about A-Rod and Jeter? The bullpen  minus Mo who will probably retire the end of next year is young and so is Nova, Hughes and everyone in the rotation except for Burnett.

I don’t get it. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Hmmm..Posada will not be back…..Mo will probably retire next year….other than Arod and Jeter no one else will be over 35. Unless you think 35 is “geriatric age” then me thinks you suck.

NomarGarciaparra
3 years 9 months ago

The Yankees must’ve given him quite a good offer to begin with. And CC, pleased that the Yankees were not low-balling him, decided to sign right away. Maybe $168M/7?

As a Sox fan, I hope it’s something like $175M/7!

Alex
3 years 9 months ago

Awesome!! This is the best news I’ve heard all day.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

So $117mm over 5 years and an option? $122mm guaranteed? That’s awesome if that’s the case.

Manny Hernandez
3 years 9 months ago

only one year extension. wow!!

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

All in all its a 5 year guaranteed contract, with a vesting option for a sixth year, not too many pitchers can say they have a six year guaranteed contract for 24+ millions a year, actually, none LOL.

3 years 9 months ago

That’s about as good as a long-term deal for an ace pitcher that a team can get.

3 years 9 months ago

Yankees had no choice.

But I’d still be weary on that contract with Captain Cheeseburger’s refusal to lose lbs.

Playing in the AL East and hanging out with some of Boston’s pitchers has only put more pressure on his knees

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

Extra year at $25 million with a $5 million buyout bringing his total deal remaining to 5/$122, $2 million more than Lee’s. Probably about the best he would’ve done on the open market.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Ah yes, now comes “the best he would have done anyway” comments. For the last few weeks it was all high leverage against the Yanks and they’d have to spend upwards of $150mm – $200mm to compete and retain him. 

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

My posting history’s right here, go find where I said that. I said 6 years would be too many years. Yes, Sabathia had all the leverage, but you yourself went around saying Lee’s deal was in no way a good deal for the Phillies nor is this for the Yankees. Yes, he only took one extra year, but he’s still now the highest paid pitcher in the MLB. Can you name for me another team that would’ve given him this much guaranteed? This is essentially the ceiling on what he could’ve expected. I know you love to be contrary just for the sake of it, but really there’s no way you honestly believe he would’ve gotten any more on the open market.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

That’s actually true. I agree he wouldn’t have gotten much more on the open market, but it seemed everyone else felt he was going to gouge the Yankees for $$ and take this to free agency. As for Lee, correct I did state I wouldn’t have given him a 7 year contract. 5 would be iffy, but Lee wasn’t dominant up until about 3-4 years ago. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

sounds now like he got six anyway. the last season has an out (+$5M) for the yankees if he hurts his shoulder in 2016, but otherwise it’s a guarantee

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, I said that all before I saw the option info go up. Essentially, it’s very similar to Lee’s. Lee’s is for more value, but Sabathia’s is much easier to hit (Lee has to hit 200 innings, Sabathia has to essentially miss almost a third of the season to a very specific injury). It’s as close to six years guaranteed  at his current AAV as he could have possibly gotten.

That said, if citing his shoulder was the only way to get that potential out on the sixth year in there, it was the right play. As I was saying earlier today, I’d be terrified of Sabathia’s arm falling off by the end of the deal with all the innings he’s logged over the last eleven years.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I personally said he would get at least the Cliff Lee deal… which he essentially got.

Good job by the Yankees to get this done.

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 9 months ago

You know, I bet it was his wife who made this deal happen. She’s always seemed like his confidant/advisor in these free agency and contract matters and from the few interviews I’ve seen she clearly has a level head. I bet you she was like “look, you deserve more than four years, you deserve top dollar, but don’t opt out and look like greedy and ignorant of the aging process by signing some 7-plus year deal at 31 years old.”

He’ll be 36 when this contract ends, which is young enough that he won’t have lost all his stuff and old enough that there won’t be any insane talk of any more massive multi-year deals.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

If confidant/adviser = the woman he has to share a bed with and depends on for some of that good lovin’ then yeah….she’s his “business adviser”. Bottom line, happy wife, happy life. Cheaper to please her.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Just “some” of that good lovin?  I sure hope he doesn’t have a large golf club collection.

Justanotherfantoo
3 years 9 months ago

If I’m doing my math right, it’s essentially tearing up the old contract and giving him $24.4 million per year for five years.  It makes CC sound very fair and reasonable, but it’s probably bad news for the Yankees unless the medical profession comes up with an athlete-quality mechanical knee.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

They have, actually.

aricollins
3 years 9 months ago

Sounds like he left some money on the table. I think he could have done better than $122M guaranteed had he hit the open market.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

From who?

Manny Hernandez
3 years 9 months ago

the marlins

cwhatididthere

3 years 9 months ago

Pirates, Royals, Padres and Brewers were all gonna kick in.  And then he would rotate his starts every five days between the teams.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

it’s 6/$142 unless he hurts his shoulder. i don’t think anyone would have matched that

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

I disagree. At 31 years old, I definitely think that several teams would have presented interest for 5 or 6 years in the $120mm-$140mm range. 

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

i think a lot of teams would make him offers, but none that high

the “5/120 range” wouldn’t be matching; 6/142 would be matching. which teams do you think would have offered him that much?

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

I do believe the Rangers would have been involved in some capacity and I do think they would have surprised a few folks. More likely, The Nationals definitely would have dropped a serious bid. I do even think if he did elect free agency even the Red Sox would have checked in. Definitely think Theo would have poked around for the Cubs since he has already stated pitching is his focus to start. If Prince walked, even the Brewers may have tossed around the idea of reunion, but probably at the lower end and maybe try to move Marcum. I wouldn’t have completely ruled out the Angels, O’s and Tigers either. The Nats were probably the team that concerned me most really screwing this up by dropping some $180mm-$200mm for 8 years.

RBIBaseball
3 years 9 months ago

Pitching is not the main concern for the Nationals, its their offense. They have Strasburg and Zimmermann to anchor the rotation. They need bats.

pmc765
3 years 9 months ago

No fan of the Yankees, I look forward with grim relish to the 2016 Yankees. CC, A-Rod, Teixeira and who knows what others soaking up vast sums, unable to contribute, causing ownership to spill ever higher sums in luxury tax.

Toronto and Baltimore, choose wisely and you can beat this team. The Red Sox are cut from the same cloth.

Having the most money can be a curse. This is delicious.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

“I look forward with grim relish to the 2016 Yankees” 

When they are worth 4.2 billion. See you there. 

JacksTigers
3 years 9 months ago

The Jays and O’s have sucked for years. The Yankees have dominated for years. The Yankees will come out of this just fine like they always do.

3 years 9 months ago

I’m not sure I would say that the Jays have sucked for years. They have been playing .500 ball over the last decade, seems hyperbolic to count that as sucking. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Sucking in relation to the Yanks, Sox and Rays? Better?

$17049574
3 years 9 months ago

You mean “unable to buy any and every player they want”?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

You mean like the Rays? Dude….I get it. Not many teams can afford to spend what the Yanks, Sox or Phillies do. However, the Rays have proven that it’s not a crutch you can continue to fall back on. Stop making excuses. 

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

That’s what people said back in 1998 about them (you know, the year they won more games than any team before counting the postseason), 13 seasons later, they are the team with the most victories during the regular season, most world series attended and most world series won, and best of all, one of the teams with the most homegrown players in their postseason roster.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Wow…do you even consult Cots or any other easy to refer to site before you stick your foot in your mouth?

Tex’s contract ends in 2016. CC contract would be over in 2016 or 2017. Arod’s contract would be down to a (cough) “reasonable” $20 mil for 2016 and 2017. So…unless you think the $45 mil owed to those two will cripple the team then you sound kinda….like someone that knows nothin’ about nothin’. 

Can we raise the bar on Yankee hate please? Fact checkin’ chumps is getting to be a never ending process. I feel like Anderson Cooper after a Republican debate.