NY Times David Waldstein got confirmation that the offer was made over the weekend, but the unidentified source would not give specifics.
All MLB player and club options expire at midnight tonight, and according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Sabathia is going to opt-out of the remaining four years and $92 million left on his original seven-year, $161 million contract. Sabathia is going to hit the free agent market.
After talking to some New York fans, all were on board that tacking on more money and years to Sabathia’s contract was the right thing to do.
So, knowing the situation it is easy to presume that the Yankees offer was lucrative.
I know that Sabathia retracted past statements about how he would not opt out, and everyone understands that he should get a new deal with more years etc. I just assumed that if Yankees made an offer, Sabathia would sign on the dotted line.
Where I went wrong was thinking the opting out part would only be exercised if the Yankees were being stubborn. And why wouldn’t I after listening to Sabathia state how much he loves New York, the fans, and blah-blah-blah. It seemed exercising the opt out would be Sabathia’s last straw.
I didn’t want to believe that loyalty comes with a price tag for every athlete. Reality is I would never risk having to leave a place I love behind for more money if I didn’t have too.
If Sabathia opts-out it is another bitter reminder that baseball is business, and that loyalty comes with the highest bidder.
Just last season, Cliff Lee took less money to go to Philadelphia instead of New York, because he loved the City of Brotherly Love and never wanted to be traded the first time. As ridiculous as this sounds, considering the money Lee earns, I respect him as a person more for it.
In this day and age, all these big paychecks do is compromise the true love of the game, while giving fans the right to expect perfection.
Just a reminder of Sabathia’s original words, as maybe if the baseball thing flops he could try acting:
- Yankees Pick Up Options On Cano And Swisher (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Sabathia to Opt Out of Contract, Become a Free Agent (tracking.si.com)
- Heyman: Yankees’ CC Sabathia ‘Planning’ To Opt Out By Monday Night Deadline (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Yankees Made New Offer To Sabathia (mlbtraderumors.com)
- CC Sabathia to opt out of contract (yankeesfansunite.wordpress.com)
- Source: Yankees Make Offer To Sabathia (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Report: CC Sabathia set to opt out of contract (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)