The courtship is over and the Yankees have got their man.

CC Sabathia has told the Yankees that he wants to pitch for them, according to published reports. The team said it is "extraordinarily optimistic" that an agreement will be reached for a seven-year/$160 million deal.

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The two sides are still finalizing the details, but some of the money will likely be deferred, Newsday is reporting.

The deal would make Sabathia the highest paid starting pitcher.