It’s becoming clearer that CC Sabathia will opt-out of the remaining four years and $92 million of his contract and it is clear that the Yankees want him back regardless. However, what isn’t clear is where the two sides will meet.
Behind Sabathia there are nothing but question marks in the Yankees rotation and there are no answers for that on the open market this offseason. So their determination to sign him will be high and there will be no shortage of suitors for The Big Man if he decides to leave the Bronx.
That doesn’t leave the Yankees with much leverage in negotiations, but they will have to draw a line somewhere. According to Jon Heman of Sports Illustrated they aren’t interested in offering him three years and are even debating on whether or not they should go as far as adding two additional years onto his deal.
With nearly all the leverage on Sabathia’s side it seems hard to imagine the difference between a five or six year deal would be a deal breaker for the Bombers. However, they may decide that it is better to increase the average annual value of the deal to keep it at five years.