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.”
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