CC Sabathia’s Last Stand? Yankees Ace Faces Opt-Out Decision

NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Yankees’ season is over. And so could be CC Sabathia’s career in the Bronx.

New York’s popular ace faces a tough decision in the coming weeks. To opt out or not to opt out?

“I can’t even wrap my head around that right now,” a disappointed Sabathia said after New York’s playoff ouster Thursday night. I’m just thinking about what I didn’t do to help us win. I didn’t deliver. In the next couple days, next couple weeks, I’ll think about that and we’ll see what happens.”

Sabathia signed a $161 million, seven-year deal before the 2009 season. If he does kill the contract, the lefty would be leaving a huge amount — $92 million over four years — on the table.

He’ll take some time to think it over. First, the sting of losing to the Detroit Tigers in Game 5 of the ALDS has to subside. Sabathia gave up one run in his first career relief appearance Thursday.

“Of course there’s a decision,” said Sabathia. “I can’t even begin to tell you what I’m thinking right now or what’s going to happen. I’ll take the next couple of days, relax and hang out with my family and make a decision. I hadn’t planned on losing in the first round.”

One thing’s for sure: Sabathia appreciates New York baseball. But will it be enough to keep him here?

“I’ve loved it since day one,” he said. “There’s nothing like pitching in pinstripes, in front of the fans in the Bronx. I’ve had a great experience.”

Yankees fans, do you expect CC to opt out? Make your case to the “hefty lefty” in the comments below…

  • dabooch

    Didn’t he leave game one with the score tied after giving up a homer to D. Young. Did he not lose game no 3. Did cc not come in and give up the third run in game five making him the losing pitcher and now the Yanks have to reward him with two more years and another $50,000,000 tacced on to the other $93,000,000 for a total perspective package north of 140 million.

  • george39

    This is a no brainer. Nobody will outbid the Yankees for him, he loves playing in NY, he has his family settled in NJ.
    Bottom line, he isn’t going anywhere.

  • Tommy

    He is too fat. He even makes David Wells look good.

    • B. Cashman

      Agree, Tommy me boy! And he’s not nearly the “Ace” he once was. They can use his olduniforms to cover the Stadium.

  • Jerry Newman

    He has 19 wins for it seems like over a month and did nothing down the stretch, The pitching staff let a lot to be desired this year. Cashman had the same chance to get Fister that the tigers did. Huge mistake on his part. And he knew about Fister because he pitched aganist the Yankees he lost but looked terrific.

  • Markstripes

    I might be in the minority here, but if CC opts out of his contract, the Yankees had better think long and hard about giving him a new deal in the neighborhood of what they were going to offer Cliff Lee. I don’t like Sabathia’s weight, and I don’t like the idea of giving him a long-term extension, at this time– at least without some language to protect them against more weight gain. Perhaps, they could include language which would allow them to opt out, if his weight ballons over 280 lbs. or something. Also, his production down the stretch regressed, and is concerning. Don’t get me wrong, I like CC, I’m just not sure that he will be worth what he might command.

    • Christian

      I think CC is already above 280. I think he may be pushing 310-320. My father is almost as tall as CC and weighs around 280, but does not have much of a belly.

  • Al Niz

    He will stay, that is a lot of doe ray me

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