Word is, CC Sabathia has done some selling on the Yankees to his good buddy Fielder. This doesn’t necessarily mean the Yankees will make a play for Fielder, as Sabathia could be acting on his own. But it may be a sign that Sabathia has an indication the Yankees will take care of him. His opt-out likely gives him the power to add two or maybe three years to a contract that will have $92 million over four years remaining after the year.
Even if Sabathia somehow did talk Prince Fielder into wanting to become a Yankee he would likely still have to persuade the Yankees into signing him. Fielder, who has said that he could be willing to become a DH, is possibly in line to get the biggest pay day out of any free agent this offseason. The Yankees usually are the ones giving out the biggest pay days too, but they likely know that throwing huge dollars at a DH is a waste of money.
More than any other position there are always quite a few DH options available on the free agent market each year. So should the Yankees ever want to go that route for a DH, they could get good production out of somebody for a lot less than they could get from Fielder. Besides, they probably won’t need to look outside of the organization for that spot for a few years thanks to Alex Rodriguez.
A-Rod will miss the next month or so with knee surgery, this coming just two years after major hip surgery. So it is safe to say that having an open DH spot could easily be filled by him. There is also Derek Jeter to consider as an internal option.
All of that makes it very unlikely that they would go after Fielder. Heyman is probably right in his thinking though that this very well could mean that CC is planning on staying in the Bronx long term. That seems to have always been the case, but with his opt-out clause looming it is always fun to talk about. Realistically he seems likely to just turn it into a 2-4 year extension.