It largely goes without saying that the Yankees enjoy a warm relationship with veteran lefty CC Sabathia, but the point was driven home again today. As Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports, the club recently paid Sabathia a $500K bonus for his work in 2018 that was not technically required by his contract.
You may recall that Sabathia was tossed from a late-September start — his final of the season — for plunking an opponent in retaliation. When he did so, Sabathia cost himself a clear shot at reaching his 155th inning on the season and thereby triggering a $500K bonus. He also endeared himself yet further to his teammates and got his money’s worth on the way off the mound.
It turns out that the Yanks quietly slipped Sabathia a check for the $500K even though the incentive provision was not actually triggered. That’s but a fraction of the monstrous sum the organization has paid the lefty over the years. It seems that pushes him past the $216MM mark over ten years in the Bronx, with another $8MM still to come for his 2019 efforts after the sides lined up on their fourth separate contractual arrangement.
Still, it’s a nice chunk of change. Sabathia’s rep says that the southpaw “was very appreciative.” Yankees GM Brian Cashman indicated that “it was something that we did very private and weren’t looking to publicize.” As Blum notes, the existence of the payment was only sussed out because of the team’s luxury tax filings.
For an unclassy guy.
What’s your beef Vinny?
Pretty dumb comment.
Most important is that every player in the roster has CC’s back because he has there’s.
He lost his chance at that money by intentionally throwing at a player and getting ejected.
Drunken brawl on the streets of Toronto.
Throwing his shoe in said fight.
Is that enough?
Read my post below. He wasnt trying to intentionally hurt anyone.
CC aimed for legs. Not the head. He took it easy on that piece of **** pitcher who threw 93mph FB inches… from his teammate’s face.
elscorcho the marlin
Nice. Like the passion
Hey Vinny, calm down-your little brain is distorting the facts.
You really live up to your name. Never met a bald vinny that ever had brain cells.
He did what a teammate is supposed to do. Stand up for his team. Pitchers will retaliate a beaning to check the other team and protect his hitters.
Since a payment will count toward salary cap, then extremely doubtful NY is in danger of going over or approaching it in 2019.
This payment would count towards the 2018 cap so what does that have to do with anything for 2019 cap.
Nothing. I believe the article referenced it was reported for 2018 luxury tax filing report which is how it came out.
He deserved it! Very classy move from the Yankees brass.
so much for not publicizing it! well done!
They weren’t going to lie when asked about it.
Or they were going to lie until it was asked by others. This way they made out like they were the good guys and CC became a yankee god. Nice grifter move.
I mean, considering the only reason anyone ever found out about it was because they had to disclose it on the luxury tax filings….
You’re grinding hard in search of a reason to nitpick. Way too many levels of non-existent ulterior motive.
It was announced this would happen the day after the incident
No it wasn’t
Announced in writing or in regards to your opinion?
Good for him
This Brewers fan will always love you C.C. Best all-around pitcher of the young century in my book.
The Brewers gave CC a warm ovation when he pitched at Miller a year or so back. Fat contract be damned, CC threw the Brew on his back for that playoff run (their first in years). For those of you that haven’t yet, catch a Brew game a Miller and get there very early as their fans tailgate like champions = )
I didn’t know they tail gated, that’s awesome.
Exactly right Steve. And his positive influence over young players is priceless.
Most important rather than the manners that some bald guy was talking about.
Cash is pure class.
Indeed. Happy story all around = )
His crazy side piece disagrees.
I think this as the right move from ownership they stood behind him like he did for his teammate, a true leader…
Deserves it, and then some. looking forward to the day of his HOF enshrinement, as well as possibly going out with a ring.
Another ring** he already has one with the Yankees
He won a ring the year Xabial was born (2009).
Still remember everyone taking that day off from high school to go to the parade.
Those were the times.
Classy move Cashman
Awesome, well deserved
… well played.
A reciprocated move for ‘taking care of our own’…..class all the way around.
Classy for sure.
Yet I know one vocal Yankee fan on here who thinks he’s trash.
You’re Trash, get your facts straight
Very classy move by extremely classy organization
Paying a bounty for hitting someone?
Yes it was football… but I remember NO Saints Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator fined and suspended for paying bounties!
This is no different.
Says the person who doesn’t understand bounties.
Saints targeted all opponents rewarding injuries
Let’s pivot to baseball
93 mph fastball barely hit Romine’s head— inches away from his face. Did I mention was initial pitch? Justified Retaliation. CC chose to stand up for his teammate over 500K (wasnt guaranteed at time)
As far as trying to injure him…
CC aimed for legs, Calm down, Legs least harmful spot to hit someone. Some pitchers aim for.. head
Yeah but the bald guy is cry babying about it. Want to bet that his favorite team Is a losing one?
He received it because the hit-by-pitch caused him to miss an IP bonus stupid. No one “paid” him to hit someone.
They didn’t pay him anything to hit anyone. They paid him for logging the innings they wanted him to meet to make the bonus worthwhile.
The fact is, he decided to forego $500,000 to protect and stand up for his teammates. I don’t like throwing at players, but I respect the sentiment.
The team didn’t have to award him anything. But they recognized that he was healthy enough to meet the innings threshold, and respected the fact that he valued his teammates over money, and decided to award him the bonus anyway.
I don’t see anything wrong with that.
Hey Golden…wondering what the bald guy’s problems was in calling it classless.
Reminds me of the Chapman Affair, another “classy move. While they are making such classy moves, Yanks can hire MS-13 vulgarians as stadium ushers for the upcoming season. Reminds me of Altamont Speedway hiring Hell’s Angels to provide security at the rock festival in 69. Classy but with an edge bent on the maniacal.
Hey Mish-just because the detention officer gave you rights to go back online doesn’t meant you should shoot your load so quickly.
Thanks for the advice Yank…but I gotta reject your prose cuz you shot your wad back in ’85. Cool story but my prose has more depth and background. My detention officer said it was ok to reply back to the Mike, but just you. Isolation just might make you more profound.
This comes right from the top. Steinbrenner family. Always classy.
It comes from George himself, no doubt.
So glad to see they did this.
A nice gesture by the Yanks. One thing you have to love about Sabathia is that this guy wants to be on the mound. I always loved watching the manager coming out to take Sabathia off the mound when he was younger. Guy could have 8 IP 10k’s and 1ER and he’d come off so fired up about that one run and really wanting to close out the game, even if he was at 130 pitches and it was 7-1. A true ace in every sense of the word. Until his legs started to go this guy had 300 lbs behind that fastball. He made it look so easy.
I enjoyed hating on Sabathia in his later years for his impact on the Yanks ability to add starting pitching but he really came back and made a statement. I don’t know how much longer he can do it but this guy deserves Hall of Fame considerations right alongside Cash. What he did in that stretch of years for the Indians, Brewers and Yankees was nothing short of astounding. Took the ball on short rest over and over in the late season and playoffs and just kept delivering. I have never seen a pitcher put a team on his back that consistently. It was pretty historic.
He can go just as long as Bart.
Of course he needs to be effective but his veteran leadership is worth the $8 mil he’s getting this year. I really hope that he and Happ can be a mentor for Paxton on how to be effective off of your fastball.
Love CC’s motor. He has a lot of dog in him.
Wasn’t intentional but have at it…plenty of material there for snarky comments.
And when he resigned a year ago he made a comment about proving the Yankee haters wrong. Must include Bald Vinny as well. Big Mouths who run with their mouth. Gotta love it.
Good. It’s good to see them live up to their reputation of a loyal, honorable organization.
Good for them. He was taking care of his teammates, glad they took care of him.
Strange connection, but I see in CC a similarity to Paul O’Neill–dedicated players Yankee fans loved because of their work ethic, even when their performance was no longer peak.
Not strange Mike. That’s why yankee fans adore them. They lay themselves out every game and are focused on winning. True New Yorkers.
Sorry Mets fans. And bald Vinny too.
It’s not strange, they exemplify who we are as a city
Hope my boss is reading this!
Would this be in here if he were on the Padres let’s just say? Answer:NO
Yes, this site reports this sort of thing all the time. You just don’t notice it because it’s NOT the Yankees.
A classy move for a classy and fearce wining competitor in CC. From day 1 to now he has been worth every single dollar he has been paid since he has been in pinstripes and I’m thankful for him being here
On a side note he needs only 14 more strikeouts to become only the third lefty ever to get 3000 or more. He is for sure a future hall of famer For that and many other reasons !
That’s something to look for as the season opens. I will try to be there to tip my cap if the game is at Yankee Stadium
I want to go to that game too. Despite so many lefty pitchers playing in the history of the sport for him to be only the third to do this is historic. I can’t miss that
Blood money. Cash for beaning.
Cry me a river.
Is that bonus cuz CC fielded a ground ball once?
Wow pasha. Too bad your 401K is tanking and now you are starting to regret your Mets seasons tickets.
You may have to get out of your Herman Miller chair and start mowing the lawn.
No worries though buddy. The Mets are destined to repeat last year; excite in April and rip your heart out in May. Can you field that grounder?
I don’t hate the Mets, I feel like them as I do the Evil Empire. Even if Cashman said he loaded up the Death Star.
that photo is pretty sick
Yankees are suckers.
CC didn’t show them any loyalty when he knew he was going into rehab and waited for the season to finish to collect his full pay and then missed their playoff run. – just sayin.
Hey extreme. Thanks for showing the enlightened perspective. All addicts should hold off their commitment according to outside factors.
When you have this type of disease, loyalty comes when you make yourself number ONE regardless. It takes a huge amount of effort and commitment.
Are you that dumb?
Or are you that classless extreme?
Comments like that should be grounds for dismissal. You are now banned.
Just saying that you don’t understand addiction very well. I applaud him for entering rehab when he did because he came to a life-altering realization and made a tough decision.
Maybe extreme is in denial himself.
I assumed something would be worked. Didn’t think they would specifically pay the bonus but rather add it to a new contract should he resign and if he did not resign then pay it specifically as a bonus.
That’s how we roll
I’m no Yankee fan, but gotta say I like this move. Moves like this are one of the big reasons in a giants fan. Way to be uncharacteristically awesome chash-man
elscorcho the marlin
Well, I’m bald and liked the pitch and the payment. Vinny, what’s your issue, anyway?
To him this would be like me finding loose change in the cracks of my couch.
Would like to hear about Dodgers doing that for Maeda[Moved him to bullpen late in season, much of his salary(potential) is tied to bonuses based upon starts.
Don’t like the Yanks, but that was a classy move for a guy protecting his team
Lost a lot of respect for the man when he complained about Nunez bunting on him because he had a bad knee.