The Yankees are still working on the details but it will be for seven years and $161 million with an opt-out clause after 2011 and $69 million. That clause is protects Sabathia should his wife and kids dislike New York. But the Yankees will go to great lengths to make sure that is not the case.
Those who wrote or said yesterday that the Sabathia was backing away from the Yankees or that the Yankees should look elsewhere for pitching are running for cover now or pretending they never reported it in the first place.
Give credit to both the Yankees and Sabathia and his agents. Each side did their homework and were composed throughout the process. The Yankees didn’t push when patience was needed and Sabathia didn’t get carried away playing teams off each other.