CC: Not opting out ‘an easy decision’

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So check it out. CC Sabathia hit up Madison Square Garden last night to catch the Knicks down the Raptors, and he wound up on the Boost Mobile Celebrity Row video segment of MSG’s broadcast. The first question Jill Marting asked was about the opt out. “Big news for you,” she said. “You decided not to opt out of your contract. Tell us why?”

CC responded: “I signed up for seven years, and it’s a good organization. We have a chance to win a championship every year. I think that was an easy decision.”

At face value, I’m inclined to believe Sabathia. He hasn’t said that he intends not to opt out; he seems to be saying that he flat-out isn’t opting out. If he is true to his word, CC would become the first big-name player to receive an opt-out and not exercise it. J.D. Drew, A.J. Burnett and Alex Rodriguez all cashed in their opt-out clauses, and if Cliff Lee is on the verge of a seven-year deal, CC would be sacrificing money and long-term job security if he foregoes the opt-out. It’s still unclear, as Joe said yesterday, if CC is truly saying much of anything.

Later on during the interview, CC said he’s not going to Nick Swisher‘s wedding to Joanna Garcia this weekend because he can’t get a babysitter to watch his four kids. His mother, he said, wouldn’t fly out to do it. So take that at face value too. The opt-out doesn’t come due until the end of the 2011 season, and I’d be shocked if CC doesn’t use to get more years, more money or both from the Yanks.

A hat tip to @StadiumInsider on Twitter for tracking down this video clip.

Open Thread: So Long, Orlando
In the words of Brian Cashman...
  • The Fallen Phoenix

    Jorge Posada didn’t opt out of his last contract, too. Quietest non-opt out ever.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Great find, I never realized that about his contract.

  • Tucker

    Damn who wouldn’t babysit for CC?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He lives 20 minutes from me and I’ll pay him to stay at his house and watch his kids.

      I find that hard to believe.

    • mbonzo

      His kids must be the devil.

    • ledavidisrael

      Its prob a trust issue. Why would you want some werido who would pay to be with your kids? (no offense JobawockeeZ, im sure you know how it would sound if you actually said that to someone).

  • bexarama

    I love CC, I think he’s a great guy and I won’t blame him no matter what he does, but I’ll believe it when I see it, no matter how many times he says this.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Let’s just hope he opts out of that beard right quick.

    • Stratman9652

      Yankee’s adventures in facial hair tend to end badly. Seen any pictures of Swish lately? Dear God.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        any pics if can’t be that bad

        • The Big City of Dreams


        • Stratman9652

          I think the ones I saw were fan posted ones on his twitter. Not terrible just a really cheesy goatee that just doesn’t fit him at all.

    • jim p

      First time I’ve been converted to fully endorsing the “no beards” policy. There really was a purpose to it in the end.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Sending a message to his buddy Cliff?

    • mbonzo

      Thats what I was thinking. Maybe he thought if he stays with the deal he can show Lee how awesome NY is and that he’ll be here to play long term with his buddy.

  • JGS

    Well, he would be the second. Vernon Wells will announce that he isn’t opting out 25 seconds after the final out of the season is recorded.

    that said, I totally agree with “The opt-out doesn’t come due until the end of the 2011 season, and I’d be shocked if CC doesn’t use to get more years, more money or both from the Yanks.”

    After all,

    • Benjamin Kabak

      There’s a big difference between Vernon Wells and CC Sabathia though. One of those players isn’t very good. The other will be a 31-year-old lefty when his opt-out comes due.

      • JGS

        Of course, I was just pointing out that there is another big contract (if not big name player) with an optout who will not be using it. Also, kudos to Fallen Phoenix above–I had no clue Posada’s last contract had a post-2004 optout.

      • mbonzo

        Do you think Cashman might be working out an extension with CC privately to avoid an optout and help convince Lee to come to NY?

  • Adam

    The way I look at it is this: Alex, when he was asked about his opt out clause, would go with the standard, I’m not worried about that right now, I’m focused on winning a World Championship. I’ll worry about that after the season answer. CC could easily sidestep these questions and give just as much of a generic answer as A-Rod did, but he’s given an honest answer every time he’s been asked now.

    Anything can obviously happen between now and the end of next year, but I really do believe the guy when he says he’s not opting out.

  • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

    according to incarceratedbob. CC Sabathia made contact with Cliff Lee 2night & is trying to persuade Lee’s wife to come to NY

    • Adam

      Who is this “incarceratedbob” guy? Is he what Eklund is to NHL rumors?

      • mbonzo

        He’s a caller on WFAN I believe. He always tries to break news which is usually just lies. One time he was actually right but it turned out that he just stole someone’s info and claimed he was the first to tell everyone, even though tweets are time stamped. He might be mentally handicapped.

        • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

          lmaoo :p

      • AndrewYF

        He’s what LoHud posters are to Yankee rumors.

      • bexarama

        A guy who has “sources” but is generally wrong about baseball. He said Tex was getting busted for PEDs when it was Edinson Volquez, claimed Girardi was definitely going to the Cubs, and said the Lee/Yankees deal was finalized like a week ago.

        • pat

          Wasn’t it a “lock” that Girardo told his family and friends that he was bouncing for the Cubbies?

          • bexarama

            I don’t remember if he said it was a “lock” but he constantly mentioned that he had “three sources”

    • mbonzo

      I heard CC found the jerks who were spitting on Lee’s wife and he’s inviting Lee over for a good old fashioned lynch mob.

  • pat

    Lulz, CC will be younger than Lee is now when his opt out opportunity comes around. Love and respect the big man for staying true, but he’s literally costing himself up to 50 or 60 million dollars by staying in the contract.

    • AndrewYF

      Maybe, but he’ll be 35 when it’s time for his new contract. He’s one of the better bets in baseball to have one last big payday in 2015.

  • steve (different one)

    How many times does he have to say it before we just believe him?

    • Doug

      the only one that counts is the one about 11 months from now

  • LunaticFringe

    Im hoping things go well enough for CC this year that I’m concerned about, rather than hoping for, him exercising his opt out.

  • JimO

    Yanks roster is looking fat and happy instead of lean and hungry…

    • pat

      Really? Who else looks fat and happy?

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Cliff Lee’s wife.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      And that’s just the way I like my CC.

  • Steve H

    I wonder if the Yankees just quietly approach him about an extension. They can add a few years without him opting out and they both get what they want. Don’t have to re-up CC for 7 more, but he gets a few extra years at $23 mil.

    • ROBTEN

      I was just going to post something like this.

      For all we know, CC and the Yankees have always had a handshake agreement that if they ever signed another pitcher for a higher AV than CC’s contract or even if there was ever a chance that another pitcher would make a significant amount over the AV of CC’s contract that they would simply extend him and thus make up the difference.

      So, no opt-out, but an automatic extension that is essentially the equivalent of opting out.

    • mbonzo

      Yea, I brought this up before, the timing would make total sense since Lee might want to make sure CC stays in NY if he signs here.

    • Will

      It would probably technically violate their rule about not negotiating with current players til their contracts expire, but unless he lays a total stink-bomb in ’11, I could definitely see them simply extending him at a higher annual value, and him taking maybe a little less than he’d get on the open market if he truly wants to stay in NY, which I believe he does.

      Let’s just avoid all that annoying puffed-out-chest negotiating tactics like with A-Rod’s opt-out…

  • JerseyDutch

    Not only a great athlete but one of the best human beings ever.

    (But dude, lose the whiskers. Seriously.)

  • Total Dominication

    This reporter seems shocked at all his answers.

  • Steve H

    His agent will probably “go behind his back” and file the opt-out papers.

    • ledavidisrael


  • Anthony Murillo

    I think C.C. should show up to your house, sit you down, and say “I am not opting out” and you write a post on here talking about how C.C. is bullshitting us because no big name player has opted out of their contract.


  • Avi

    I believe CC and I give him all the credit in the world for not being “greedy” like everyone else. If you’re a Yankee fan how do you not love this guy?

    • Steve H

      If you’re a Yankee fan how do you not love this guy?

      There’s really no good answer. The dude is awesome in every way.

      • ledavidisrael

        Maybe if you had an irrational hatred for anyone with has excess body fat. #notmybeliefs-butyouknowitcouldhappen

      • ledavidisrael

        Ohhh and possibly racist yankee fans.

        • Steve H

          Yeah, I said there’s no good answer, but there certainly are some morons who don’t like him for the reasons you stated.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        He’s fat and goes home to Amber Sabathia…I can see some jealousy there.

  • Ross (NYYSI)

    Thanks for the shout!

  • ledavidisrael

    Its irresponsible not to go out there and get more money. You only live once.
    What if lil CC is a genius who ends up needing that extra 40 or 50 million to create his world altering contributions to society. How will old CC feel?
    Those (possible) rings and all the good press will feel like nothing. #imjustsaying #don’tbeatmeforbeingacapitalist

  • bonestock94

    Looking forward to this storyline ruining the 2011-12 hotstove league for me. Hopefully ring #28 will stop me from caring.

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  • Ellis

    Videos of player interviews embedded in RAB articles = awesome. More of that in the future, please! It’s always great to get more of a feeling of the players’ personalities.