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?