The Yankees have made an offer to CC Sabathia that was designed to keep him from opting-out of the final four years of his contract, according to David Waldstein of the NY Times. However, Sabathia plans on opting-out of his deal by Monday’s midnight deadline anyway, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
Sabathia is still owed $92 million over four years, but he is going to use the opt-out to re-enter free agency where he will undoubtedly make more money. If he opts-out it doesn’t mean that his time in the Bronx is over, but it does appear to be a sign that he isn’t going to give the Yankees a discount in any way.
Initially the opt-out was put into his contract as a way to get Sabathia to agree to a deal with the Yankees. Over the years he has said the opt-out wasn’t a big deal and that his family has put down roots in the area, it seems like he is going to try to use it to squeeze every last dollar out of them though.
In the past the Yankees haven’t done well in negotiations with their star players. Derek Jeter got more years and a higher average annual salary than anyone expected a year ago despite the fact that the Yankees were the lone bidders. Back in 2007 they tried to take a hard line with Alex Rodriguez after he opted-out of his own deal. In the end they ended up offering him an even bigger contract than the original with a series of bonuses based on his home run total on top of the contract.