• Heyman: Sabathia Seeks More Years

    Posted by on May 24th, 2011 · Comments (11)

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    I don’t want any part of CC in 2016 or 2017.  If he thinks he can get someone else to match his Yankees salary and give him a contract that pays into 2017, the the Yankees front office should tell him what they told Jeter last winter:  Go shop yourself.

    Comments on Heyman: Sabathia Seeks More Years

    1. bags
      May 24th, 2011 | 1:52 pm

      Now there’s some impressive journalism for you.

      The title says “CC Sabathia figures to use opt out clause to extend his contract”. As if Heyman has insider knowledge from Sabathia.

      The source? “One competing AL exec who says it is 100%”.

      Well. Now we know it is a fait accompli. Awesome.

    2. MJ Recanati
      May 24th, 2011 | 2:23 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      I don’t want any part of CC in 2016 or 2017. If he thinks he can get someone else to match his Yankees salary and give him a contract that pays into 2017, the the Yankees front office should tell him what they told Jeter last winter: Go shop yourself.

      The difference being that Sabathia has the market power to shop himself because his skill set is still unique and valuable. Jeter had no market power and thus the directive from management that he shop himself was intended to be the rude awakening that Jeter wasn’t prepared for.

      The Yankees should sign Sabathia because it’s the prudent thing to do given where they are in the win cycle and where they expect to be in the short- and intermediate-term. As Heyman points out, if the Yankees were prepared to go long on Cliff Lee, there’s absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t be prepared to go just as long on the younger, more durable lefty that already will have had three exceptional years in New York.

      Every single long term contract comes with the expectation that the final two years will be something less than desirable. Sabathia will throw off more than enough value in the deal’s first four or five years to more than justify the back end of the contract.

    3. MJ Recanati
      May 24th, 2011 | 2:25 pm

      @ bags:
      Couldn’t agree more with the spirit of your post. Heyman is part of the mainstream media that is simply too lazy to adhere to proper standards of journalism, often blurring the line between reporting and editorializing. Making up quotes or sources or selling theory for fact goes with the territory. It’s quite sad.

      That being said, our valid complaints are merely semantics. We both know Sabathia is opting out of his deal.

    4. bags
      May 24th, 2011 | 3:11 pm

      @ MJ Recanati:

      ha. true. very very true.

      i think i like being the old man on the front porch hollering at the kids to get their damn substandard journalism standards out of my yard.

    5. Scout
      May 24th, 2011 | 4:01 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      The Yankees should sign Sabathia because it’s the prudent thing to do given where they are in the win cycle and where they expect to be in the short- and intermediate-term.

      Exactly so. C.C. is in an enviable position — the only sure-fire ace on a team that expects to compete for a title for the next three years with its current core. Take him away from the starting rotation and it is nothing but question marks. Best case scenario has younger pitchers such as Betances ready to help in, say, 2013, and that is certainly not a sure thing. If the Yankees were in a rebuilding mode, they would have the luxury of letting C.C. walk. Instead, they will pay for his remaining good years AND for his decline phase.

    6. MJ Recanati
      May 24th, 2011 | 4:19 pm

      @ bags:
      LOL, me too. Although I’ve also adopted the tactic of avoiding mainstream sports journalism whenever possible for precisely the reasons you and I talked about. If I wanted to read made up quotes and lazy reporting angles I’d subscribe to my niece’s kindergarten publications. :-D

    7. LMJ229
      May 24th, 2011 | 11:19 pm

      Shouldn’t this be filed under the heading “No shit Sherlock”?

      Does Heyman think he’s making some sort of shocking revelation here? Give me a break.

    8. LMJ229
      May 24th, 2011 | 11:23 pm

      The Yankees are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They need Sabathia badly. He holds all the cards. The Yankees will pay through the nose to keep him. The only upside is that he just got done building a big beautiful home in Alpine NJ so he will most likely stay with the Yanks.

    9. MJ Recanati
      May 25th, 2011 | 6:16 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      The Yankees are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They need Sabathia badly. He holds all the cards. The Yankees will pay through the nose to keep him.

      I’m not so sure the Yanks are as stuck as you claim. To be stuck is to not want to pay for Sabathia but feel obligated to do so out of a desperate need. I agree the Yanks have a need for him but I think the Yanks are willing to pay for him because of how good he’s been and how important he is to the majority of the team that has less history with Jeter as Captain.

    10. LMJ229
      May 25th, 2011 | 11:00 am

      I hate these opt-out clauses. They are always in favor of the player. Too bad we didn’t have a team opt-out clause on Carl Pavano!

    11. MJ Recanati
      May 25th, 2011 | 11:16 am

      LMJ229 wrote:

      I hate these opt-out clauses. They are always in favor of the player.

      Of course they favor the player, that’s why players ask for them.

      Having said that, there’s nothing wrong with players having opt-out clauses. Don’t forget that teams have options too. More than one player has had their multi-million dollar contract option declined.

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