As CC Sabathia goes for his 20th win this season today, I find myself wondering about what he told Mark Hale roughly two weeks ago, with respect to his opt out clause that comes into play at the end of next season:
…the Yankees ace told The Post that he won’t “even consider” becoming a free agent after 2011, even though that provision exists in his seven-year, $161 million mega-contract.
“I’m here,” Sabathia said. “Hundred percent.”
“I think you know I’ve built a house here, right?” he said. “My kids go to school here. We live here year round. So I’m not going anywhere.”
That is a pretty definitive statement from Sabathia, and good news for the Yankees, who obviously want their magnificent left-hander to stay in The Bronx…
I know and appreciate what CC is saying here – but, if he has another season in 2011 like he’s had the last two years running, could it be possible that some team out there might start whispering into the ear of Sabathia’s agent and suggest that they have a better deal for the big lefty?
Me? I think it would be tough for anyone to offer CC what he’s getting in New York in terms of dollars, the team behind him, the benefits of being in this city with this team, etc.
The only risk would be if the team falls apart in 2011 and it’s starting to look like the new Yankees will be a team with an aging Jeter and A-Rod clogging things up and with CC being the only starting pitcher on the team worth anything. Then, maybe, if some other team came along with a really good offer, then Sabathia may change his tune.
What team could match or better the Yankees offer where it would interest CC? Maybe the Angels? Or, the Giants? Or, as a long shot, the Phillies? There’s really not many teams out there, who could be in play on a thing like this, is there?