OK, here's how this all breaks down:
Sabathia can opt out of his remaining four-year $90-plus million dollar contract in search of a better deal, which is what is fueling this story.
Each team that could be potentially involved share some common ground.
Sabathia showed himself to be a nice return investment for the Yankees, but the fear is that he reached the peak of the mountain, and could be primed to begin a slow decline.
For teams that could be interested, this poses a threat.
The idea is that Sabathia may opt out of his current deal for something similar to Cliff Lee's deal that was worth 5 years, $120 million dollars, but just how many teams are going to willfully entertain such a long-term contract for a 31-year-old pitcher?
Sabathia has the talent, no doubt, but he is only human, so the notion of a possible pending decline is certainly within the realm of possibility.
But taking a financial chance on Sabathia and getting a solid return is also very feasible.
And here we are.
The Yankees want Sabathia to stay, and Sabathia wants to stay as well. Also, let's not forget that he may not opt out of his contract at all.
The Yankees, as everyone knows, have the biggest checkbook of them all, and even in the face of stiff competition, would have little to worry about aside from their own future outlook.
The organization may think that they have reached the summit of the return investment, and allow the war to ensue, but they also may decide that the best is yet to come.
In the end, I believe the Yankees know there are no other free agent options on the market that can save them cash while also providing them with a comparable arm to Sabathia's, leaving them the most likely team to land (or in this sense, keep) Sabathia.
Just imagine what steam this topic is going to gain in the coming months!