Report: Yankees have contract offer ready to Sabathia


Via George King, the Yankees have a contract offer prepared for CC Sabathia and plan to delivery it to their ace shortly. No word on the terms of the contract, but you can be sure it’s substantial. My guess: five-years and $125M with an option. We heard on Wednesday that the team would like to get Sabathia signed to an extension before he opts out of his current contract, and they would be okay with a five- or six-year deal.

Looking at this from CC’s point of view … you’ve come this far, why not at least see what the open market has to offer? Wouldn’t that make sense for him? Doesn’t matter to me though, I just want the big guy back as soon as possible.

Update: Now that the World Series is going to Game Seven, we know that Sabathia’s opt-out decision is due by Monday at the latest.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. AMSkollar says:

    Isnt there a chance that this could be his best offer and by opting out he may hurt his value because teams may not out bid what the yanks initial offer is.

    • Plank says:

      Well, then he would just take the offer.

      BTW, eff Josh Hamilton.

      • Cris Pengiucci says:

        Only if the Yankees don’t play hardball and leave that offer on the table after he opts-out. They could tell him that he either accepts what they offer before opting out, or everything starts over, which could mean he’d get less.

  2. OldYanksFan says:

    I guess being a ‘nice guy’ doesn’t matter much, but if it is 5/$125, nobody comes close to that.

    • Slugger27 says:

      i think the rangers and red sox would gladly “come close to that”

      • Tim says:

        The Red Sox can’t afford to “come close to that”. They won’t even be making a bid for CC’s services here. They may “show interest”, but it is clearly a bluff.

  3. bankers hours says:

    It’s a huge risk and probably too much money but there is absolutely nobody to replace CC. Pay him what he wants, we’re stuck.

  4. Pants Lendelton says:

    & with that last out… The countdown begins now.

    Nevermind … Jesus these guys don’t quit.

  5. Tipsie says:

    How in the hell does Feliz not pitch the tenth? He threw 22 pitches, not 42. Does this make us appreciate Mariano, or what?

  6. Bro-ski says:

    5/125 with a option for 6th year and i’d have some weight clause in the contract. if big man don’t like it and theres more of a desperate team to offer him 7 years then let em walk. can’t have all these old ass stars making big bucks in their late 30′s. Yankees 2012 season might be a little hard without the big fella but yanks will be just fine in the long run

  7. Lazy Bones Andruw Jones says:

    The only reason for Sabathia not to opt out at this point is purely PR.

    • mike says:

      agreed – no other team would risk 1/4 of their present payroll on him, especially in this economy.

      Could i see the Sox or Phillies get involved?? Perhaps, but I would think that signing would blow up the salary structure of the Sox and inhibit them from some other moves (Paps etc), and the Phillies have alot of holes to fill even with the departure of Oswalt.

      He is not going anywhere, and he knows it, so why would he risk the drama

  8. Great, CC opt out/CC to the Red Sox stories all weekend.

    So my only problem with CC is that at the Knicks game last year, he says “I’m not opting out.”.

    I mean, I 110% for sure would opt out, and think he should opt out, but he just sorta looks like an ass for saying he wouldn’t and then doing it…why say it one way or the other?

    That being said, hard line 5/$125, and be willing to go to a 6th if another team beats/matches that offer.

    • I thought that he worded it a little more carefully. Something like “I’m not going anywhere”.

      • Cris Pengiucci says:

        Which certainly doesn’t mean he wouldn’t accept a new offer from the Yankees if they put it in front of him. Hopefully he looks at the new offer, likes it and signs. No drama. The Yankees do need to be carefull, since until he does opt out, they’re bidding against themselves.

  9. Dave says:

    5/125 and a clause that says the Yankees are no longer allowed to offer opt-outs to any other player, ever.

  10. Doc Holliday says:

    Offer it to him and if he still opts out rescind the offer and publicly announce that we will not be pursuing CC Sabathia. That will drive down the contract he gets and he’ll probably get less than what we offered.

  11. matt s says:

    Love CC, hate to imagine the yanks without him next year, but I would rather see them struggle for a year without him then have another player make +$25mil while being years past their prime.

    The 2012 FA class looks strong and we have a lot of young guns who might step it up soon.

    Not sure if I would go past 4 years, really couldn’t blame the yanks if they didn’t. Would hate to see them do 6 or more.

    • Four years isn’t going to get it done, even at a raise. I’m down with 5 or 6. Everyone is just assuming he’s going to be a nightmare those last couple of years. Maybe, but he could very well still be productive at years 35-36.

  12. Grit for Brains says:

    I understand baseball is a business, and I understand the concept of leverage.

    That said. If CC walks into another 31 million of whatever that represents and he holds out I’ll lose a ton of respect for the guy.

    He got the biggest contract ever for a pitcher.

    He really does seem like a genuine guy and always says not just the right things but the things that make him sound like a sincere guy, a team player and a guy who really loves being a Yankee.

    The Yanks are supposedly willing to up the ante substantially.

    If he drags this out in an attempt to tack another 10-20 million on to what will be a nine figure pile of career earnings I will view the guy quite differently then I’ve come to (not that he cares).

  13. mike says:

    Did Yankees compare CC with CJ Wilson before give CC an offer? Last year, Yankees put all hopes on Lee, and it seems they will do the same thing on CC.

  14. tommy cassella says:

    let me get this straight. c.c. is not satisfied making $92,000,000 over the next four years. how much do these guys want?

  15. tommy cassella says:

    i think the yanks should make eric chavez an offer. in addition to having a hell of a bat,he also has six gold gloves.you just don’t like guys like him get away.plus, he’s made for the stadium.

  16. jesus vazquez says:

    Let him walk. He can’t beat the Boston. So why do we need him? Get someone that can pitch when the presure is on.

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