So far, everything has gone as expected.
The Yankees picked up the options on Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher, they declined the option on Damaso Marte, and they settled on a new deal with Brian Cashman (a deal that could become official at any moment). Now they’re waiting on CC Sabathia.
We all knew this day would come.
It’s been assumed since March — since before that, actually — that Sabathia would opt out, and that’s still the assumption. It’s also been assumed that the Yankees would work hard to retain him, and that’s certainly the case.
If this day ends with Sabathia opting for free agency, it won’t be a stunning blow. It will be a perfectly predictable event. The Yankees will still be the overwhelming favorites to have Sabathia in their rotation next year, and Sabathia will still be a guy making a sound decision for himself and his family.
We’ve all known this day was coming. Now it’s here.
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