Yankees’ Sabathia Won’t Eliminate Opt-Out Clause

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia is not concerned a provision in his seven-year contract that gives him the ability to opt out after this season will become a distraction.

Sabathia, who went 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA in 34 starts last year, said Monday he still felt as though the clause wouldn’t be used. The left-hander added that it was probably the last time he would address the situation.

“I don’t want to talk about that all year,” Sabathia said. “I’m here to try and help this team win. I went through it with the free-agency thing. It’s not going to distract me at all.”

Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner doesn’t think Sabathia will opt out.

“I think he’s happy here, and now he really knows what it’s like to be a Yankee,” Steinbrenner said. “Had another excellent year last year. I think he’s here to stay.”

Steinbrenner also feels Sabathia won’t use the clause to seek an extension or additional money.

“Once you’ve become a Yankee and you’ve won as a Yankee, it’s a little difficult to go anywhere else, I would assume,” Steinbrenner said. “We’re going to be in every year … every single year. You can’t say that about any other team, except maybe the Red Sox, but they weren’t in it last year. And the Phillies are keeping it going, but how long will that last?

“So, we’re the only team you can be assured, as long as we own them, are going to be in it every single year,” Steinbrenner added. “We’re going to be a major contender to win the championship every year.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman joined WFAN’s Evan Roberts briefly on Monday to address Sabathia’s contract situation.

“He’s earned an opportunity to at least, you know, be vague about what the future’s gonna bring,” Cashman told Roberts. “I think personally, he loves it here. Professionally, he’s got an opportunity to at least evaluate whatever options come his way, and that’s all for another day.”

LISTEN: Brian Cashman details Sabathia’s opt-out clause

Sabathia said late last season that he would not exercise the clause. If he does opt out he will leave a staggering amount, four years and $92 million, on the table.

Pitchers and catchers officially reported to camp on Monday.

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The Yankees have two open rotation spots behind CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes. The trio of returning starters are being counted on to help pick up the slack following the offseason retirement of Andy Pettitte.

Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre, Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon are among the rotation candidates.

Will CC opt out after 2011? Do you agree with WFAN’s Evan Roberts that Sabathia’s quotes are “just a negotiation ploy”? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • King

    folks listen here, all this has to do with the players union as well. Don’t think for a second that they’re just there come time for negotiating new players collective bargining agreements. The union is involve in everything. The union is also responsible for players not being tested for steriods, owners wanted it, the union did not, why, money. If C.C were to opt-out, like A-Rod & J.D Drew with Boston, this will also help other players. The more money one player makes, the more the others do as well. This is what the union wants, not what’s best for the player, but what best for all their members.

  • Josh

    The Yanks gave him the right to opt out when they gave him the contract. This could be a story if he opts out after the end of the season, but not before. Is it on our minds? Yes, but please let the season play out first. CC is our ace, has won a WS here and deserves our patience. Let’s see what Rothschild can do with the rest of our staff. Let’s Go Yankees!!!

  • Martini_NY

    Everyone relax. Just another example of thr media out of control or nothing of importance to write about.

  • Daniel Helming

    What the blazes is the news story here? He has a contractual opt-out that he has had since he signed, and he won’t give it up or talk as though he thinks it is meaningless? That is idiotic, there is no story here.

    • Jon

      I agree 100%. Why would he negotiate for the clause and then just toss it away?

  • Omar

    Listen, the media is making this an issue. So what he has an opt-out clause. That was part of the negotiation with the Yankees. He’s not going anywhere, he’s not opting out of his contract. $92 million would be forgone if he did that. What team would pay him that much right now? None. Secondly, has CC or the Yankees talked about him opting out at any point in the offseason? Until they do, this is a fabricated story made up to get fans to pick sides between CC and the Yankees. Don’t believe the hype.

  • hank in hightstown

    there were many games he didnt earn his money.its all about money now in sports,so if he goes and wants so.cal so be it. he isnt as clutch as he was made out to be……………

  • Anonymous

    CC is not A-Rod. He will not opt-out.

  • Michael Abush

    as a die hard yankee fan, I hope that there no way cc opts out but if the yanks miss the playoffs or take an early first round exit, who knows what he may be thinking!!

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