CC Sabathia gathered his things at Yankee Stadium yesterday, and on his way out, he told the New York Post that he has yet to begin any sort of contract discussions with the Yankees.
“Of course it would be (difficult to leave),” Sabathia told Mark Hale. “It was difficult for me to leave Milwaukee. But you understand that baseball is a business. I do love it here. My family loves it here. But we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
Sabathia has until three days after the end of the World Series to decide whether to opt out, so an official decision might not come for a couple of weeks.
No real surprise that the Yankees and Sabathia have not yet started talking — I would think the Yankees want to settle Brian Cashman’s situation first — but surely those conversations are coming soon. The expectation remains that the two sides will ultimately stay together, but losing Sabathia would change this offseason considerably for the Yankees.