While most view the CC Sabathia signing in 2008 as a a seven-year, $161-million deal, that’s not entirely true.
Sabathia signed a three-year contract for $69 million with a player option for four years and $92 million. Sabathia can opt out after next season, but speaking on the contract for the first time, the ace said he’ll stay in New York.
According to The New York Post, CC said he “won’t even consider” exercising his opt-out.
“I’m here,” Sabathia said to Mark Hale. “Hundred percent. I think you know I’ve built a house here, right? My kids go to school here. We live here year round. So I’m not going anywhere.”
Sabathia is now 36-13 with a 3.21 ERA in pinstripes. He’s a horse, averaging just less than 7 innings a start, and he is 17-2 with a 2.84 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium.
“You can give my wife credit for that, I guess,” Sabathia said. “Her cooking. And just being at home, being around my family and going out and being able to be relaxed. It’s just one of those things. I love being home. I love playing in The Bronx. I love being at Yankee Stadium. But just one of those things that worked out like that.”
Unlike the opt-out clause in Alex Rodriguez’s previous contract, the one in Sabathia’s contract was not necessarily about getting more money if the market rebounded; it was about allowing CC to adjust to the pressures of New York and decided if he wanted to stay. For now, it seems, he’ll stay.