Now that the World Series is over and the congratulatory remarks have been made to those comeback kids in St Louis, the Cardinals, the off-season is ready to begin. For the New York Yankees, that means several things, first and foremost, the contract of CC Sabathia.
In case you have been living under a rock, Sabathia can opt out of his 7-year, $161 million contract next week. He has just completed the 3rd year of the deal and, if he opts out, he will be looking to add to his status as the highest paid pitcher in baseball. News outlets are reporting that Sabathia and his agent are spending the weekend in talks with the Yankees, trying to come up with an extension, thereby avoiding an opt out.
I would love for the Yankees to avoid a CC opt out. However, the idea of an extension does not sit well
with me at all. I know, I can't have my cake and eat it, too. But at more than 290 pounds, CC Sabathia just does not inspire much confidence in me right now, especially with the weight he put on during the season. No one is saying how much he gained, but rumor has it that he gained back all the weight he lost last off-season and then some. I believe the weight gain was one reason, if not the main one, that his second half performance did not equal what he did in the first half of the season. Also, Sabathia is 31 years old. Everyone knows that the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight and keep it off. It is also harder to carry around extra weight as you get older. I am finding that out first hand right now.
Sabathia has four years left on this current deal. That alone scares me, let alone an extension. If it were up to me I would offer him a 1-year extension. He'd probably turn that down and opt out, but I'd feel confident that I'd done the right thing for the organization. After that, I'd give Hector Noesi and some of the other kids in the system a chance to make the rotation.
So what will happen? I have no idea, but here's hoping the Yankees don't go overboard and get dragged under by--no offense, CC-- a 290 plus pound whale.