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Highlights from Sabathia’s conference call

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 31, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

CC Sabathia said he was never worried and never considered the possibility of playing for another team.

“I was confident that we would get to an agreement,” he said during tonight’s conference call. “I wanted to stay here. I want to be here. I love it here. I love pitching here. I love being a part of the Yankees organization, and I’m just so happy to be able to come to an agreement.”

Here are a few highlights from tonight’s call.

What was the most important factor in the contract talks?
“My family. My family being good. Everything going from there. I made the decision to come to New York on my family. I have four kids, so making sure everything was comfortable with them. My kids, my son loves it here. All my kids love it here, my wife loves it here – and I do, too. I love pitching for the Yankees fans. It was an easy choice… It was just more time. That’s all it was. It was never a question about money or anything like that; it was just being more time. I want to end my career here, make sure I end my career as a Yankee. Hopefully I’ve done that.”

How badly did Sabathia want to avoid the drama of free agency?
“It was a big motivation. I didn’t want to be a part of being a free agent and doing everything, opting out and doing all that stuff. It was clear to everybody that I wanted to be a Yankee, wanted to end my career as a Yankee, and hopefully I can do that.”

When did Sabathia know he was comfortable in New York?
“I think the whole time. I always felt comfortable here. I always felt like I wanted to be a part of this organization, community, and I feel good being a part of it going forward… I felt good the way I was (from the beginning), the way I felt in the clubhouse, the way I felt with the organization. It was up to me to go out and perform.”

Was controlling weight discussed in the contract talks?
“It’s something I’ll do regardless for me and be proactive. It is what it is for me. I just need to go out and be healthy, try to do what I can to be out there for every start. To be there for the team. For me, that means losing weight. So that’s what I’ll do… I felt great going into the season last year. I got a little lax during the season, but I feel great. My arm feels great, my shoulder, my knee, whatever. I feel good.”

Did the six-man rotation impact Sabathia’s second half?
“I’m not going to say that. I’m not going to sit here and say that the change in my routine had anything to do with the last month. It is what it is. When it was my time to go and they give me the ball, I go out there and pitch. It is what it is.”

Does Sabathia think this helps his chances of reaching 300 wins?
“You kill me with that. You always know I don’t care about that. Who cares about that? I care about ending my career healthy. You know me.”

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126 Responses to “Highlights from Sabathia’s conference call”

  1. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Glad you’re back CC, and now the Yankees can fill out a championship team for 2012 and beyond.

  2. Tarheel In NYC October 31st, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I adore CC.

    I understand that it’s a business, but my Yankees-loving heart would have been heartbroken if he’d opted out. It would have hurt my feelings a little bit. And yes, I know it would have been irrational and silly to take it so personally, but that’s how I’m wired. So deal with it :)

    I’m so happy he’s coming back, and I’m thrilled with the classy and mature way the entire thing was handled.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Tarheel, I just about worship at the guy’s throne now. I was good no matter what he did, but the fact that he didn’t opt out makes him a king in my eyes. I wanted him back at any cost and was more than willing to deal with an opt out.

    Check out how this plays with all other teams and their fans. Here’s a guy who could have opted out – and it has already been pointed out that he is now the first player with an opt-out clause who did not use it! – and he did not. That’s how much he thinks about cares about the Yankees and that’s how much being a Yankee means to him.

    That has to ROCK in the eyes of the envious fans around the league, even though they would ever admit it.

    An interesting note is that I am really wired into players’ ethics but if CC had opted out, I could have dealt with it as a smart business move and maybe a decision he made based on things that happened after he said he would not opt out. That’s how much I wanted him back. And I think that’s also how much respect and admiration I have for the guy. I don’t know if fans realize just how much of a professional this guy is. He has carried the pitching on his back and he has battled out there even when he did have his best stuff, giving the Yankees extended innings all the time. He got the short end of the stick when Girardi had to go to the 6-man rotation and it hurt his pitching and his stats. But he never fell back on that, always saying he just didn’t get the job done. He said the same thing when Gerry Davis rammed it to him sideways.

    How much more could you want from a player? The guys NEVER complains, always does more than his share of the pitching, and is a total gentle man on and off the field.

    I think he might be one of the classiest and most humble players ever to don the pinstripes, not to mention a phenomenal workhorse.

    I just love the guy. I’d kiss his ring if I had the chance. He’s aces all the way.

  4. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    By the end of today, teams and players must decide on all 2012 contract options. Rafael Soriano – may opt out of remaining two years, $25MM.

    Geez, I don’t know if I should stay up for another hour to find out if he opts out or n0t?? :)

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Also, I’m thankful Halloween is over! I’m tuckered out just from going up and down the stairs to give out candy.

    :)

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Trader, Soriano has already decided not to opt out, unless there’s some other facet you’re talking about.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....AgePovoJuK

  7. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I think I’ll just go to sleep happy that CC is back in the fold.

    Goodnight all. Until tomorrow.

  8. jmv October 31st, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hi, late sleepers…
    Just wanted to say: keep dreaming, Red Sux! The Big Guy LOVES the yankees.

  9. RhapsodyInBlue October 31st, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    To sleep with a big smile tonight, great news from the big man.

  10. Tarheel In NYC October 31st, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Trisha,

    Beautifully said and exactly how I feel. Thank you :)

  11. J. Alfred Prufrock October 31st, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Hi folks, hope everyone is powered up and well heated, and surviving the Noreaster.

    On CC…as if ;) . We never had to worry about that one.

    I see the efforts around here to make Betances trade bait continue ;) . Forget it, he’s going to be a rotation mate of C’s before long.

    Three very small children running around our local library here in Princeton today in Pujols jerseys. I wondered: front-runner moms & dads, or transplants from the Show Me state?

    Before turning in, I’ll state obvious: C’s a beast, and a Yankee :D .
    CJ Wilson isn’t, and won’t be ;) .

    Nighty night.

  12. DaSaint007 October 31st, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Two words: Class Act.

    Keeps his word and does’t opt out.
    Original contract stays the same.
    Only 2 additional years added.
    Ends with a higher contract than his buddy Lee, which is all he really wanted, IMO.

  13. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Trisha- I had read that NYPost article, which was Boras talking. This was taken from MLBTR’s updated later after CC resigned.

    By Tim Dierkes [October 31 at 5:31pm CST]
    By the end of today, teams and players must decide on all 2012 contract options. Here’s what’s left:

    Cardinals

    •Rafael Furcal – $12MM club option with a $1.3MM buyout. This is a lock to be declined, unless the Cardinals sign him to an extension first.
    •Octavio Dotel – $3.5MM club option with a $750K buyout. I’m guessing the Cardinals will exercise this option.
    Yankees

    •Rafael Soriano – may opt out of remaining two years, $25MM. Scott Boras says Soriano is “highly unlikely” to opt out.

    I know our well paid 7th inning reliever is coming back!!!

  14. GreenBeret7 October 31st, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Soriano has made enough money that he can just buy himself an island…say…Hispaniola and then hire the people to be his serfs. King Rafael Of Soriano.

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Did the six-man rotation impact Sabathia’s second half?

    “I’m not going to say that. I’m not going to sit here and say that the change in my routine had anything to do with the last month. It is what it is. When it was my time to go and they give me the ball, I go out there and pitch. It is what it is.”

    Exactly what I mean. This guy’s as pure as they come.

  16. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    LaRussa retires.
    Lowe is traded.
    Best of all CC comes back on a fair contract for both sides.

    Stay warm, pleasant dreams and goodnight.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I like Soriano.

    :(

    I think he got better and better and when he’s on he’s deadly. I think he more than proved himself at the end of the season and in the postseason.

    The guy can pitch. Keep him healthy and you’ll be thrilled we have him.

    As long as he’s ours, our job is to root him on. Period.

    Lemon sucking isn’t helpful to anybody!

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Tar, thank you!

    :)

  19. GreenBeret7 October 31st, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Not at all unhappy that NYYs signed Soriano. Money was a bit much for somebody not named Rivera and the injuries caused some issues, but, He’ll do well in his next two years. It’s nice to play and win 7 inning ball games

  20. jmv October 31st, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    “Class Act”

    That’s the thing. The Big Guy is a gentleman.

    —————-
    Soriano ain’t going anywhere. He won’t get more money coming from that injury

  21. LockDown October 31st, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Soriano is a very good pitcher when he’s healthy. I have no problem with him coming back. He did a good job in the post, getting more than 3 outs on a couple of occasions for us.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    “Not at all unhappy that NYYs signed Soriano. Money was a bit much for somebody not named Rivera and the injuries caused some issues, but, He’ll do well in his next two years. It’s nice to play and win 7 inning ball games”

    :)

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Lock – always my Yankee sistah!

    ;)

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    J Al – I said the same thing from the minute the playoffs were over for us. CC was never going anywhere but back to the Bronx.

    :)

  25. LockDown October 31st, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    trisha – :D

    Gotta support our players. As long as they work hard & come to play, I’m on the bandwagon.

    I think hanging out with Mo has really helped to acclimate Soriano. When he came, I heard rumors that he doesn’t like to pitch more than 1 inning and yet he did that for us w/o complaints. He did what was asked of him & played an important role for us.

  26. GreenBeret7 October 31st, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    It seems that Billy Eppler was the second choice for the Angels’ GM spot.

    “ESPN.com’s Buster Olney hears that Yankees executive Billy Eppler was the runner-up to Jerry Dipoto in the Angels’ search for a GM (Twitter link).”

    In other news

    Looks like David Price is a liar and unethical besides.

    “Rays left-hander David Price opted out of the contract he signed when Tampa Bay drafted him, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. He’s still under team control through 2015 as an arbitration eligible player, however. Price could earn $7-8MM in 2012 through arbitration according to MLBTR’s projections, so declining his $2.433MM option was merely a formality.”

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Lock, absolutely the right outlook. They work hard, they come to play, what’s not to support.

    Men, not machines. Nobody makes the olympics every day, but if they are trying their hardest out there, shouldn’t we be clapping like crazy? Of course we should!!!

    Back to that old mantra about not asking of anybody what you don’t ask of yourself. Or stated another way, if you want people in your corner even when you’re not having your best day, shouldn’t you be there for someone else who isn’t having his best day – especially if you profess to be a fan of the person?

    Well anyway, we are so much richer tonight for having retained our ace back in the fold.

    I will sleep so well tonight. There is the anchor of our rotation.

  28. Ghostwriter October 31st, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Cash was right that we didn’t need Soriano. However, Soriano could wind up becoming a very important piece of the bullpen in ’12.

  29. jmv October 31st, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Dotel option just declined. (MLB trade rumors)

  30. GreenBeret7 October 31st, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I will sleep so well tonight. There is the anchor of our rotation.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Trisha,

    I’m ashamed of you. A CC fat joke? He’s not quite that heavy.

  31. pat October 31st, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Too few trick or treaters tonight plus 2 kids treat bags are making this house a dangerous place.

    I hear Kit Kats calling my name. :sad:

  32. Nick in SF October 31st, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Don’t eat that candy.

    We should all pledge to lose weight in CC solidarity.

    You go first.

  33. PittsburghYankeeFan October 31st, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    This is great. The exact opposite of postseasons past, where the Yankees had their targets, and it took lots of drama before they landed.

    CC is total class and now owns NY. ARod is hopefully taking a few lessons here about how he maybe can handle the remainder of his career. Maybe CC and Jeter rub off on him over time.

    What’s left? BP set. Lineup set, except for a few tweaks in January with vets who aren’t signed.

    Rotation:
    CC, Nova, Hughes, AJ and one or more of Garcia (who they sign or get a pick), Yu Darvish (they post a lot, but pay relatively little in MLB salary), or a mystery pitcher (an Eppler surprise).

    Nobody is trading Swisher and signing Beltran. Matt Kemp, if he’s smart, will wait for FA at the end of 2012.

    The best part so far: John Heyman has a whole omelet of egg on his face.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 31st, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    “Trisha,

    I’m ashamed of you. A CC fat joke? He’s not quite that heavy.”

    :lol:

    Thankfully (?) my candy is all gone. I did something different from other years. I didn’t open all of the bags of candy I bought. I opened just what I needed. I still have 3 bags unopened – and those bags will be marched back to CVS tomorrow. Otherwise, I would be in a candy coma right now! Three Musketeers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Kit Kats. All safely nestled in their unopened bags.

  35. Nick in SF October 31st, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    ” John Heyman has a whole omelet of egg on his face.”

    Worse, he just tweeted that it’s his treat if anyone comes to help him eat it.

  36. Jeff in Canada October 31st, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    CC – all treat, no tricks.

  37. GreenBeret7 October 31st, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Will Kemp be moved or will they lockup Kemp and Kershaw for #200 Mil after the sale?

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....ment-.html

  38. GreenBeret7 October 31st, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Kemp and Kershaw for ****$200 Mil****

  39. pat November 1st, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I convinced the KitKats to pipe down but there was no reasoning with that Hershey with almonds bar.

    CC solidarity starts tomorrow!

  40. jacksquat November 1st, 2011 at 12:27 am

    So I predicted it would be about 144 total and it will be 142 total unless he has shoulder problems in the 5th year. It’s backloaded a little so I guess it’s not too bad. I just hope CC is still pitching well at 36 and 37 years old…

  41. UnKnown November 1st, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Nice way to start the off season.

  42. UnKnown November 1st, 2011 at 12:50 am

    http://msn.foxsports.com/video.....feeb2bd33b

    Any thoughts on this video from Ken, where and I am paraphrasing, basically says that the Yankees might be aware of a Shoulder problem and that is why there is that vesting option included in the contract.

    Also, because of a possible shoulder thing Sabathia did not opt out in fear of this information leaking out and causing a severe hit to what Sabathia would be looking at in a free agent market.

    Is Rosenthal crazy here?

  43. m November 1st, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I just fell off the proverbial chair. Just logging on now, and found I missed a ton of stuff.

    Obviously, this deal is great for the Yankees. Thank you, CC for being quite reasonable when you had all the leverage.

    Wait a minute… Looking at ^^, there might be a shoulder issue?

  44. stuart a November 1st, 2011 at 12:57 am

    based on todays insanity a very reasonable deal. CC could have made this a big drama and wrung every penny out of the yanks but he did not. Thanks….

    1 year to many but what are you going to do.

  45. stuart a November 1st, 2011 at 12:58 am

    CC actually meant it when he said he wanted to be a yank and was a man of his word., he is a heck of a pitcher and a really good guy. refreshing……….

  46. GreenBeret7 November 1st, 2011 at 12:59 am

    It’s just protection. Sabathia has no known arm/shoulder issues and never has.

  47. m November 1st, 2011 at 1:00 am

    LaRussa is gone from St. Louis, Pujols won’t be far behind.

    What else did I miss?

    Oh, yeah. Go Gardy, Cano, and Tex!

  48. jacksquat November 1st, 2011 at 1:12 am

    “The deal contains a vesting option for $25 million in 2017 with a $5-million buyout solely on the condition of his shoulder since the Yankees have some concern about a pre-condition.”

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....-122m-deal

  49. jacksquat November 1st, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Maybe CC’s shoulder was a little bit of a problem at the end of the season and that’s the reason for his slight drop in performance, who knows.

  50. Duh Innings November 1st, 2011 at 1:20 am

    What I thought the Yanks should’ve offered CC had he opted out was VERY close to what they got him to take.

    I said the Yanks should’ve offered CC 4 years @ $25M = $100M plus $25M vesting options for 2016 and 2017, the Yanks got CC to take a fifth year tacked onto his current contract for $25M and a sixth year for $25M or $5M.

    $150M I’d have offered vs. most likely $142M ($122M if CC is bought out.)

    ‘Looks like Chien Mien Wang is re-signing with the Nationals. Oh well. He’d have been a nice low-risk high-reward guy.

  51. NYYanksFan November 1st, 2011 at 1:23 am

    CC’s contract is 9 years $211 million. Has anyone other than A-Rod broken 200 million.

  52. MoRings42 November 1st, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Awesome. I’m glad he didn’t play that FA game… I hope we do get to see him go to 300 too.

  53. Duh Innings November 1st, 2011 at 2:15 am

    $211M for 9 years (2009-17) if CC’s sixth year is vested, $191M if it isn’t ($186M for 2009-16 + $5M buyout.)

    Freddy Garcia made $3.35M total ($1.5M base salary + $1.85M incentive-based bonuses) posting 3.62 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 2011.

    The Yanks should offer Garcia $4M ($650K raise, $2.5M raise in guaranteed money) and see if he bites. If he counters with $6M, he probably wants $5M and the Yanks should get him to settle on that. $5M is a $1.65M raise and half a mil more than triple his guaranteed salary for 2011 – more than fair.

  54. Melkmanisinhotlanta November 1st, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Aroid will never be 1/10th the man CC is. Aroid misrepresented his true abilities to MLB by pumping himself full of PED’s. He ought to be ashamed, redo his contract for 8 million a year and be a man. Of course he won’t. Pitiful clown.

  55. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Morning, glad to see CC signed with a minimum of fuss and time. Now the Yanks can focus on getting the remaining pieces and bolster the roster.

    I see Posada’s salary was $13M for this year so they have at least that money to spend since the CC contract as I understand it just added money in out years and didn’t increase his salary in the current years.

  56. RadioKev November 1st, 2011 at 7:30 am

    CC is a guy that really gets it. I even know Red sox fans that like him.

    Kemp and Kershaw could very well stay Dodgers. They’re guys that make the franchise more valuable to future owners and it seems unthinkable that they’ll remain in the poor house – it’s LA.

  57. BIG AL November 1st, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Glad to see CC was a man of his word, and did not opt out. The way he talks about the Yankees should help attract other players that might have had a question about playing in NY and for the Yankees. This is no longer the Bronx Zoo, but a very talented team made up of players of great character.

    All we need is a few more pieces and make this team the 2012 WS Champs.

    I can’t wait for the season to begin, I miss baseball already.

  58. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 7:36 am

    And now for the next trick.

    Abracadabra. Poof. Magic.

    AJ Burnett disappears and turns into Mark Beurhle or John Danks.

    :)

  59. bardos November 1st, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Glad CC is back in the fold. The fact that both sides avoided the opt-out speaks mountains about the integrity of both sides.

    They both knew that an opt-out would be ugly.

  60. blake November 1st, 2011 at 7:42 am

    It would have been difficult to plan the offseason if CC had opted out……we saw how the Cliff Lee saga basically put everything on hold last year until he signed……great job by the Yankees and great job by CC getting together and getting a deal some that both sides were happy with.

  61. upstate kate November 1st, 2011 at 7:46 am

    YAY for CC!!
    perhaps he read all the trash talk here and decided he better not opt out ;)

  62. 108 stitches November 1st, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Back to Reggie Jackson. I never understood why an attention craver deserved to have his uniform number retired for playing just 5 years for the Yankees with one WS game that’s re-run too many times.
    He was a favorite of George and never was the “straw that stirred the drink”.

    No suprise that C.C. is in the fold so quickly. Now the presser for Cashman’s deal and the team cam move forward.
    The Yankees will have to require a 72-hour window for any deal for Kemp. It could be the blockbuster deal of the offseason. Another LH in the starting rotation.

  63. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 7:50 am

    blake November 1st, 2011 at 7:42 am
    It would have been difficult to plan the offseason if CC had opted out……we saw how the Cliff Lee saga basically put everything on hold last year until he signed……great job by the Yankees and great job by CC getting together and getting a deal some that both sides were happy with.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Blake perhaps we never know what happened behind the scenes. I think like Lee he knew what it would take to have him stay. Maybe the Yanks just had good insight to what that was or they just got a text saying $$$$ and you have a deal. At any rate glad it’s over even before it got started. Like to be a fly on the wall on Brian’s office to see who else he is talking with.

  64. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 7:52 am

    blake -

    For me, that was the worrisome part of there being even a slight possibility that CC opted out, and heaven forbid, sign elsewhere. The entire team would have been in disarray. That might be overstating it a bit, but with CC in place, other things can happen in a natural course of events, rather than in a situation where you’re scurrying to replace the irreplaceable (at least in this season’s FA market).

  65. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 7:52 am

    upstate kate November 1st, 2011 at 7:46 am
    YAY for CC!!
    perhaps he read all the trash talk here and decided he better not opt out

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Second that Kate,

    Wife is on the way back to UPSNY for a few days, I bet she hopes the tan doesn’t fade. Order in some sunshine and no snow!

  66. blake November 1st, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I think CC would have gotten more as a FA…..maybe only marginally but he would have gotten more……probably the 6/142 guaranteed would have been a floor.

    I agree on Reggie

  67. 108 stitches November 1st, 2011 at 7:52 am

    MTU November 1st, 2011 at 7:36 am
    And now for the next trick.

    Abracadabra. Poof. Magic.

    AJ Burnett disappears and turns into Mark Beurhle or John Danks.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Make that happen and you become an instant hero in Yankee Universe.

  68. vitus November 1st, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Grandy man just hit a grand slam, MLB all star 4, Team Taiwan 0

  69. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 7:54 am

    108-

    Does Derek Lowe ring a bell ?

    ;)

  70. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 7:52 am
    blake -

    For me, that was the worrisome part of there being even a slight possibility that CC opted out, and heaven forbid, sign elsewhere. The entire team would have been in disarray. That might be overstating it a bit, but with CC in place, other things can happen in a natural course of events, rather than in a situation where you’re scurrying to replace the irreplaceable (at least in this season’s FA market).

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Villa I agree, much better to focus on fixing the broken pieces as opposed to creating more. I know it’s probably not going to happen, but my wish is that smiling Nick is going to a new home next year.

  71. GreenBeret7 November 1st, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Will the same people still spewing out the same BS about Rodriguez be saying the same things about Sabathia and David Price because they exercised their opt-out clauses? They did the same thing as Rodriguez did. They ended one contract and signed a new agreement for more money and years.

  72. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 7:55 am

    BTW, bottom line I did not think CC was going to end up anywhere else, because I think the Yankees were definitely prepared to get him to stay. But it surely would not have been “fun” to go through the drama of the opt-out.

    Even if the opt-out was exercised simply because they ran out of time, it opens a whole can of worms, especially or maybe specifically media-related. I have no stomach for it. Anything else that happens this winter should only be good.

  73. blake November 1st, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Go Grandy!

  74. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I think it just boiled down to CC wanting the Yanks and the Yanks wanting him. You can’t ask for a better situation. Not many come down to that especially when the club is a small market team, loyality doesn’t go very far anymore when the money is better somewhere else.

  75. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Good morning all-

    CC averaging 24.4M/year, Lee@24M/year. Also glad that a reasonable offer was signed and now the Yankees can move on to addressing other offseason needs.

    MTU-
    The Braves just set the bar by picking up 2/3rds[10M of the 15M] of Lowe’s remaining contract to send him to the Indians for an A ball pitcher.
    Unlikely the Yankees will look to trade Burnett and pick up 2/3rds or 22M of the 33M remaining. I think we’ll have to wait until next year.

  76. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 7:59 am

    VN-

    To me the only concern would have been if CC made it all the way to FA.

    The Yankees still would have had several more days of exclusive negotiating rights to complete a deal.

    I’m glad they got it done w/o the opt out though.

    And I am very pleased that CC says openly that he loves being a NY Yankee.

    :)

  77. BIG AL November 1st, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I believe the Dodgers would welcome trading Kemp, if they can’t extend him. He would not come cheap, but could very well be a big piece of the puzzle that would make the Yankees even stronger contenders. That, and a #2 or #3 SP would round out my wish list. Everything else would be minor pieces.

  78. BIG AL November 1st, 2011 at 8:01 am

    GB7 -

    CC did not opt out, he simply signed an extension, and got a small increase.

  79. upstate kate November 1st, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Gary
    We didn’t get any snow this time. It has been sunny but cold, so not good tanning weather :)

    Blake (or anyone)
    How does it benefit the Braves to get rid of Lowe if they are paying 2/3 of his contract? Was he that bad of a fit? Or do they have someone to take his place?

  80. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 8:02 am

    What’s the feelings? Yanks had their plan coming out of Tampa and alot of those pieces have already been executed. I wonder when we will hear the next news and what the next news will be? Some of these things move pretty fast especially when both parties are interested in each other. Yanks have money to spend, I wonder if we might get more news this week?

  81. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:02 am

    YT-

    Do it now.

    I like round #’s. Yanks can pick up 20.

    They wasted 40 million on Igawa and got nothing but a sunglasses franchise.

    Spend 20 to save 12.

    Not likely to happen though. Just wishful thinking on my part.

    ;)

  82. GreenBeret7 November 1st, 2011 at 8:04 am

    In other words, he did an opt-out. Same as Rodriguez. You can call it what ever you want, but it’s the same thing. It was in his right as it was with Rodriguez and Price and I have no problem with any of them.

  83. BIG AL November 1st, 2011 at 8:05 am

    MTU -

    If all goes well, AJ is the 5th SP on next seasons team, not a top tier pitcher, that’s for sure. If he does make a come back and be a 14-8 pitcher, that’s all we’ll need from him.

  84. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 7:58 am
    Good morning all-

    CC averaging 24.4M/year, Lee@24M/year. Also glad that a reasonable offer was signed and now the Yankees can move on to addressing other offseason needs.

    MTU-
    The Braves just set the bar by picking up 2/3rds[10M of the 15M] of Lowe’s remaining contract to send him to the Indians for an A ball pitcher.
    Unlikely the Yankees will look to trade Burnett and pick up 2/3rds or 22M of the 33M remaining. I think we’ll have to wait until next year.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Beyond the money I think they still see AJ as a work in progress and haven’t given up on him. Personally I still think his stuff is electric and his control is the big issue. If they could ever get that straightened out……………………..

    I agree though I think this is his last year to prove that he’s worth hanging onto. You only can have so much patience with somebody especially a pitcher.

  85. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 8:06 am

    BIG AL-

    You’ve probably seen this already about a possible agreement with McCourt:

    By Ben Nicholson-Smith [October 31 at 10:35pm CST]
    Dodgers owner Frank McCourt appears to be nearing an agreement with MLB on a bankruptcy settlement, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times. Under the agreement, McCourt would agree to sell the team. At this points negotiations are fluid and talks could fall apart.

    McCourt would have some control over the sale, which would likely include Dodger Stadium and surrounding parking lots, according to the Times. Shaikin suggests a sale price of $1 billion is not out of the question. The Dodgers’ bankruptcy trial was delayed last week.

    It seems unlikely that the Dodgers will be major players for the offseason’s top free agents. However, they’re expected to discuss extensions for center fielder Matt Kemp and left-hander Clayton Kershaw and it’s possible that each player could require a commitment of $100MM or more

    Just an opinion, but until new ownership is in place, their main assets probably won’t be available until the trading deadline. For Kemp that would only be a short rental as it sounds like he’ll test the market, according to his agent Dave Stewart.

  86. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Al-

    Talk about an overpaid #5 pitcher. Like a 18 million dollar version of Livan Hernandez.

    :)

    P.S. I don’t expect a comeback but I’d be very pleasantly surprised if there was one.

  87. blake November 1st, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Kate,

    Id you’re the Braves and you have a young kid you can slot into the rotation to replace Lowe…….and you they they will do just as good or better than he did…..then eating the 10 million bucks is actually saving 5 million dollars for the Braves. If you’re the Braves even though you’re sending 10 million to Cleveland…..you are trimming your payroll and you are giving a kid (who has a chance to improve ) a chance to pitch.

    The Yankees are in a similar situation with AJ and they should look at it the same way the Braves did IMO

  88. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Gary-

    At 34 he is work in progress ?

    Now that IS funny.

    :)

  89. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Blake-

    Thank you for your continued support.

    signed,

    Bartles, James, and MTU

    :)

  90. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Because the Yankees are not desperate for a RF, and because Cash does not like to “pay twice,” and because it really seems like no matter what, Kemp is going to be a FA, I do not see Kemp as a Yankee in 2012.

    Of course, anything can happen, right?

  91. BIG AL November 1st, 2011 at 8:13 am

    YT -

    You may be right, but, my thinking is the Dodgers would rather have major league, or major league ready talent, than draft picks, if they fail to sign Kemp to an extension. The trade would require the ability of the Yankees to sign him to a new, long term contract.

    Did anyone notice in his WS interview, CJ Wilson said all he wanted to do was shave his beard off, and get a short haircut? Was he getting a clean cut look so he would be Yankee ready?

  92. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 8:16 am

    MTU-

    If the Yankees[Steinbrenner's] want to keep the payroll at close to where it was last year, it now looks like after CC, all the raises due the regulars and some projected settlement for the arbitration cases, there will be about 10M to spend.

    Therefore the heavy lifting after signing CC[no pun intended] might be done.

    Could look to offer Garcia arbitration[might get 5M], find another lefty for the bullpen[1-4M] and fill out the bench[3-4M]

    Or they go the trade route.

  93. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 8:16 am

    MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:11 am
    Gary-

    At 34 he is work in progress ?

    Now that IS funny.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Thought you would like that. Guess what your going to hear come spring training? Not something like AJ and the ptiching coach were working hard in the offseason on resolving AJ’s issues and we are optomistic for the coming season. I guess I’m just hoping that he pitches better, we could use the arm out there. I’m more down on Swisher. Maybe we can get rid of both of them and both be happy. :-)

  94. BIG AL November 1st, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I believe next season is do or die for Phil Hughes. If he comes to camp out of shape, or gets off to another poor start, he is either traded, or sent to the BP. I like Phil a great deal, and hope he learn his lesson from last season, and does have a great off season work out planned.

    Back later. mops want out.

  95. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Big Al -

    I did not hear/see that Wilson interview.

    That’s pretty funny, I think.

    Or, maybe there was a team pact on the Rangers – was any of them clean-shaven and neatly coiffed?

    **

    I don’t think the Yankees are going to sign Wilson, but after signing CC, there’s only one move I DON’T want them to make, and I’ve already made a personal bet on it!

  96. upstate kate November 1st, 2011 at 8:20 am

    thanks Blake

  97. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:20 am

    YT-

    We have plenty of trade material.

    I also believe their is always a little “flex” in the budget.

    ;)

    Gary-

    Since in all seriousness I doubt they trade AJ this season I’ll just hope for what Al said, a 14-8 season.

    Perhaps you should hope for a “career” year from Swisher.

    ;)

  98. Gary November 1st, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:13 am
    Because the Yankees are not desperate for a RF, and because Cash does not like to “pay twice,” and because it really seems like no matter what, Kemp is going to be a FA, I do not see Kemp as a Yankee in 2012.

    Of course, anything can happen, right?

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Another interesting situation. Do the Yanks feel that RF is set for the next season after picking up the option? or are they looking/listening to options for someone else out there? Feels to me like they crossed the bridge for this year with the Swisher option and are looking to next year. Anything can happen, but I think it’s very doubtful.

  99. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Al-

    I think you are spot on about Hughes.

  100. Purenyyankee November 1st, 2011 at 8:23 am

    We have enough problems with AJ. We don’t need CJ. Go sign Beurhle. He played in Chicago for that maniac so he can surely play in NY.

  101. jc in tw November 1st, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Grandy 2-2 so far. Hit a GS the first at bat……

  102. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:24 am

    The only Wilson I liked was the one who kept Tom Hanks company.

    :)

  103. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Blake-

    If the Yankees eat 2/3rds of Burnetts contract[22M] before the season starts, I’m a little lost here, but does that save them anything with regards to paying the 40% luxury tax on the threshold of 178M if it the same as last year?

    Do the Yankees still have 22M[11M/year] that they are “charged” with and the team to which he is traded to 11M[5.5M/year]??

    I think the answer is Yes? NO?

    If the answer is yes, is there really any benefit to trading him now just to get 5.5M off the books this year and next?

  104. jc in tw November 1st, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I think Cano is officially the most popular MLB player besides CMW in TW.

  105. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Well, that was a very nice “treat” from CC last night. :)

    I had a feeling when it came out that they were pushing the Cashman announcement back and he wasn’t taking any phone calls that it had something to do with the big man.

    So glad we won’t have any opt out drama

  106. blake November 1st, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Trader,

    My understanding is that if AJ were traded…..that his entire contract would come off as it relates to the luxury tax as he would no longer be on the 40 man roster. If I could kick in 20 million and trade him right now then I would do it…..as that saves 12 million dollars over the next two seasons…….and it saves more than that regarding what is taxed…..also it gives a guy like Noesi (who actually coukd improve ) a chance to pitch.

  107. upstate kate November 1st, 2011 at 8:32 am

    jc in tw
    not Granderson?

  108. blake November 1st, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I think that only players on the 40 man go towards the luxury tax…..if that’s wrong then someone correct me.

  109. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:34 am

    YT-

    I know you didn’t ask me but I concur with Blake’s opinion.

    :)

  110. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Blake-

    I know AJ has won a few important PS games for us but other than that he has been one of the worst Pitchers in baseball the last several years.

    Especially for what they pay him.

    Is there such a thing as Minus WAR #’s ?

    :)

  111. blake November 1st, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Again…..if the Yankees are going to operate on a self imposed salary cap…..then they should take advantage of opportunities to trim payroll where they can…..especially in areas where they can replace expensive bad players with younger players that make nothing.

  112. jc in tw November 1st, 2011 at 8:38 am

    upstate kate
    not Granderson?
    ===========================================
    should be Cano… Cano’s dad had played 5 seasons in TW, so Taiwanese love him. (especially Cano is the new HR king)
    Everyone is looking forward seeing Cano vs CMW in game 3.

  113. blake November 1st, 2011 at 8:40 am

    MTU,

    There is a real chance AJ gets worse instead of better over the next two seasons……he’s coming off a positive finish to his season last year……they should deal him now if they can find a taker……and I think they coukd if they are willing to eat some money and they are willing to look hard enough.

  114. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Gary -

    I like Swisher. I think it’s a situation where they Yankees would be content to stick with Swish, but if they had opportunity and it included trading him, they would do it.

  115. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I thought the game was on tonight at 9 pm.

  116. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Blake-

    You are preaching to the choir Pastor.

    ;)

  117. Yankee Trader November 1st, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Blake and MTU-

    As always thanks for the feedback.

  118. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 8:46 am

    jc in tw November 1st, 2011 at 8:27 am
    I think Cano is officially the most popular MLB player besides CMW in TW.

    ******************

    Not surprising. Cano is awesome. :)

  119. upstate kate November 1st, 2011 at 8:47 am

    jc in tw
    oh, that makes sense. I didn’t realize Robbie’s dad played in TW.

    Villa
    I am guessing the game is being aired in prime time, not real time.

  120. MTU November 1st, 2011 at 8:48 am

    YT-

    So that’s what they call it.

    :)

  121. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:49 am

    upstate kate -

    I guess so…

    :)

  122. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:51 am

    upstate kate -

    To add on, if they’re showing it in real time, couldn’t they have aired it earlier than 9??? Some of us have a hard time making it to 9:30, which means 1/2 hour of the game. Well, at least Grandy’s GS comes early. LOL

  123. Villa Nova-Ya November 1st, 2011 at 8:51 am

    UGH – I mean if they’re NOT showing it in real time.

  124. Erin November 1st, 2011 at 8:53 am

    New Post: What’s next?

    :arrow:

  125. jc in tw November 1st, 2011 at 8:54 am

    bad news….rain delay~
    hope nobody gets hurt

  126. GreenBeret7 November 1st, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Storyline on Robinson Cano and his father in Taiwan, along with game schedules.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb


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