MLB Free Agency 2012: Why the New York Yankees Must Keep CC Sabathia

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MLB Free Agency 2012: Why the New York Yankees Must Keep CC Sabathia

New York Yankees' left-handed starting pitcher CC Sabathia must stay in the Bronx if the team plans to contend in 2012.

Sabathia has an option to opt-out of the final four years of his seven-year, $161 million deal, signed prior to the 2009 season. If he does, any team with spending money will be in pursuit.

The perennial American League Cy Young Award candidate—and one-time winner—is figuratively and literally the biggest piece of the Yankee puzzle.

Here are some reasons why CC Sabathia needs to be retained. 

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