Sabathia: Lee’s Contract Has No Effect On Me At All

Via George King of the NY Post:

CC Sabathia said whatever Cliff Lee pulls down won’t lead to the Yankees’ ace exercising an opt out clause in his contract after next year.

“It has no effect on me at all,” Sabathia told The Post yesterday when asked if Lee’s projected windfall could lead the Yankees’ ace to opt out of the seven-year deal that has four years and $97 million remaining.

Sabathia said late last season he wasn’t going to opt out. He has built a big house in Bergen County, which he lives in all year, and enjoys pitching for the Yankees.

After this season Sabathia will have four-years and $97 million left on his contract and can opt-out. He’ll be 31-years-old, or a full year younger than Lee is now. It is very realistic that he could earn an identical contract, plus an extra year, as Lee receives this offseason if he opts-out a year from now.

A lot of people have a hard time believing that he won’t opt-out of his contract if Lee lands a six or seven year deal and ask for one of his own. At this point, no major star who has had an opt-out clause has failed to use it including Alex Rodriguez, A.J. Burnett, and J.D. Drew. Sabathia has been as consistent as he has been emphatic when discussing his own clause.

Will he opt-out. He says no, but only time will tell. Personally, I want to believe him, but he would could potentially be leaving $65 or so million on the table.

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One Response to Sabathia: Lee’s Contract Has No Effect On Me At All

  1. I'm wondering if Sabathia saying 'it has no effect at all' actually means he was planning on asking for a contract extension all along.