• CC Opts Out, Yanks Already Made An Offer

    Posted by on October 30th, 2011 · Comments (6)

    Via Jon Heyman

    Left-hander CC Sabathia plans to opt out of his long-term contract with the Yankees by the Monday night deadline and become a free agent, SI.com has learned.

    Sabathia, 31, has four years worth $92 million left on his current seven-year, $161 million deal but has the option — until midnight Monday — of voiding the final four years.

    The Yankees have already made a new contract offer to Sabathia and remain the favorites to keep him, although the Cubs, Rangers, Tigers, Blue Jays and Cubs are also considered possibilities. The Yanks’ offer was made over the weekend, but no details have been announced.

    No way are the Blue Jays a player in this thing. And, who wants to be in Detroit, if they can avoid it? This is between the Yankees, Rangers…and maybe the Red Sox and Cubs. But, Boston would really have to make a great sell here…given the mess their organization is now. I don’t see that happening.

    Imagine if the Yankees and Rangers went at it, over Sabathia – and then the Cubs snuck in and grabbed him. Impossible? Remember Cliff Lee last year?

    Comments on CC Opts Out, Yanks Already Made An Offer

    1. K-V-C
      October 31st, 2011 | 10:09 am

      Let him walk. This is Santana/Pedro all over again, this time for the Yanks. he isn’t going to be a great pitcher 6 years down the road, he is already overweight with two knee surgeries. Enough is enough bye bye C.C.

    2. Raf
      October 31st, 2011 | 10:16 am

      I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the Tigers. I also think the Rangers have to be the favorites after the Yankees to sign Sabathia.

    3. MJ Recanati
      October 31st, 2011 | 2:45 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      This is Santana/Pedro all over again

      Not really.

      For Santana, the Twins had a full year to trade him and simply opted to cash out before they had to deal with losing him with nothing in return. The Twins compensation was whatever they could receive in a trade.

      For Martinez, the Red Sox already knew they had an aging pitcher with shoulder issues. The Red Sox compentation was two Type A draft picks.

      For Sabathia, the Yankees do not get compentation if Sabathia leaves and they do not have the benefit of trading him and receiving players in return. Furthermore, the issue isn’t whether or not Sabathia will be a viable pitcher six years from now but whether he’ll be viable enough to help the team win at least one World Series over the life of the future contract. The Yankees signed Sabathia to a seven year deal in 2009 and calculated that the first four or five (or even six) years of the deal would look favorable. It’s a similar calculation now: the odds are very good that Sabathia will be a very good pitcher for the next three or four years. If the back end of the deal hurts, that’s the price of trying to win a World Series every year.

      Seems like a good trade off to me. You have to be willing to accept a degree of inefficiency and waste if you want to win a title every year.

    4. K-V-C
      October 31st, 2011 | 4:02 pm

      I wasn’t clear in what I said. The Yankees are looking at Pedro/Santana contracts with the Mets. They will pay six or seven years for two maybe three good years. I wouldn’t do it.

      MJ Recanati says The Yanks gave C.C. seven years (in 2009) hoping for 5 or 6 good years. Did we get 3 good years? And were those three years good enough to think we can get six or seven more out of C.C. who is overweight and has two knee surgeries and hasn’t been great in the post season?

    5. MJ Recanati
      October 31st, 2011 | 5:01 pm

      K-V-C wrote:

      I wasn’t clear in what I said. The Yankees are looking at Pedro/Santana contracts with the Mets. They will pay six or seven years for two maybe three good years. I wouldn’t do it.

      Not really.

      The Mets acquired Santana via trade and had to pay the Twins in prospects and Santana in cash. Since Sabathia isn’t being acquired via trade, the Mets/Santana example isn’t terribly relevant here.

      The Mets signed Martinez so that’s more like the situation at hand. The difference, however, is that there was evidence of a decline in Pedro’s stuff and performance and there were significant questions about his health in the immediate future. Sabathia is still at the top of his game and there are no pending questions about his health.

    6. #15
      October 31st, 2011 | 7:47 pm

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