When Alex Rodriguez‘s opt-out clause was looming following the 2007 season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made it very clear that if he opted-out of his deal that the two sides would not negotiate another deal.
Obviously it didn’t exactly happen that way and A-Rod signed a mega deal with Hank Steinbrenner (who has lost all practical power since) and without his agent Scott Boras as well.
“I don’t think one has anything to do with the other,” Cashman said of the A-Rod/Sabathia comparison. “It may be something that needs to be addressed. He has a decision to make… He’s been an important part of our success and he’s someone we would obviously love to have stay with us.”
Translation: He is going to deal with Sabathia even if he opts-out of his deal.
Unlike with A-Rod a few years ago, CC will certainly have other suitors vying for his services. Also unlike A-Rod, Sabathia’s departure will have huge consequences as there are not obvious replacements for him on the free agent or trade markets.
Meanwhile, the Yankees biggest area of need is their starting rotation and searching for another front man as well as some middle of the rotation guys will be nearly impossible to do at the same time.
So it appears that opt-out or not, the Yankees will make their best effort to keep CC in the Bronx.