In more important news, Sabathia can opt out of his Yankees contract at the end of this season -- which is set to pay him $92 million from 2012-15. The Daily News says it is "likely" that Sabathia "will tear up his contract next fall in search of one more massive payday" after seeing Cliff Lee ink a 5/120 deal at age 32. CC will be 31 in July.
Lee's total deal works out to an average of $24 million from 2011-2015 and the rest of Sabathia's current contract will pay him $23 million from 2011-2015. Lee will make "only" $11 million this year, followed by $21.5 in 2012, and $25 in each of 2013, 2014, and 2015 -- which is a 4/96.5 arrangement, not much better than CC's 4/92 (an even $23 per) after 2011. (In 2016, Lee would get either $27.5 (!) (a club option) or $12.5 (club buyout).)
Daily News writer Mark Feinsand:
I think it's a near certainty that Sabathia will opt out, but only to get a longer deal with the Yankees. He loves it here.The 300-pound lefty underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in late October. Agreeing to pay Sabathia upwards of $25 million a year into his late 30s to keep him in pinstripes is certainly risky - and possibly downright foolish. It looks like Lee's rejection of the MFY last December will bite the team in the ass next winter, too.