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Sabathia: “Of course it’s a decision”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Podcast on Oct 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Maybe the offseason officially begins when the World Series ends, or maybe it begins the day players file for free agency, or when you see that first signing rumor on Twitter.

Or maybe it started last night, the very moment Alex Rodriguez struck out and the Yankees season came to an end.

Of all the things the Yankees have to do this winter, surely there’s nothing more crucial than figuring out what to do with CC Sabathia, who can opt out and become a free agent.

“Obviously, he’s our ace so he ranks highly,” Brian Cashman said. “I can’t predict how everything goes. We’ll take this thing one day at a time. The winter’s come upon us but I’m not prepared to talk about the winter, unfortunately.”

Sabathia has said time and time again that he loves being in New York, and he said it again last night. But he also acknowledged that opting out is a possibility, and most outside observes seem to agree that it’s more than a possibility. It might be an inevitability.

“Of course it’s a decision,” Sabathia said. “It’s there so, just see (what happens). I can’t even begin to tell you what I’m thinking right now and what’s going to happen or anything like that.”

All things being equal, would Sabathia want to be back with the Yankees.

“I can’t really even answer that right now,” he said. “I’m just thinking about tonight, what happened. I’ll take the next couple of days, relax, hang out with the family and make a decision.”

Here’s Sabathia speaking briefly last night.

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