In a big coup for Cashman, Sabathia chooses to stay before hitting the market

CC Sabathia has agreed to, in essence, forgo opting out in lieu of an extra year of guaranteed cash from the Yankees, with the chance to vest an option if his arm is still attached after 2016. From ESPN:

The total deal is for five years and $122 million, which is instead of the four years and $92 million remaining on his original contract. Sabathia, 31, will be paid $25 million in 2016, which is the final year of the new contract, the source said. 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. Sabathia, who also retains a hotel suite on trips, a no-trade provision and the right to buy tickets, will qualify for the vesting option as long as he spends less than 45 days on the disabled list with a shoulder injury in 2016.

To which I say: Bravo, Brian Cashman.…

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CC’s coming back!

The man himself broke the news, tweeting “Yankee fans, I’ll be here fighting for number 28 next year!”  Sabathia has signed an extension rather than opting out of his contract.  Buster Olney has the contract details, which would reportedly be a 5- year deal worth $122 million, with an option for a...

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How good would Robinson Cano be if he took more pitches?

Robbie shouldn't be surprised to learn that we all want him to walk more.

On Friday I wrote a post asking if we actually over rate Robinson Cano. The premise of the post is that while Cano is...

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On Brett Gardner and Those Enigmatic fWar numbers.

How many over the typical replacement player does Brett Gardner provide the Yankees? That’s a tough question to answer. One of the best easily accessible methods to determine this is fWar, over at Fangraphs. Fangraphs will tell you that Gardner was worth 5.1 wins over replacement in 2011, and 6.1 in 2010. A...

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New CBA almost complete

To that end, Rosenthal reports that the dynamic I’d mostly assumed would prevail has, in fact, come to pass. While Selig is adamantly in favor of the idea, there’s not much of a will to fight for it amongst the various clubs, and some clubs are outright opposed to the idea, according to Rosenthal. Apparently the two sides are settling on some sort of luxury tax equivalent for draft spending.

The nature of the union:

This isn’t relevant to the agreement itself, but I thought this was a pretty solid point about MLBPA in general, that illustrates exactly why the union has become the powerful player it is in the game:

On the players’ side, a superstar such as Derek Jeter might not strike on behalf of high school and college players. The union, however, views slotting as a precursor to a major league salary cap, and it has succeeded over the years in educating players about the broader implications of capping spending on picks.…

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Chuck Johnson on Chase Whitley

Over at New York Baseball Digest, Chuck Johnson posted some of his thoughts as a scout on the Yankees Arizona Fall League crew. He got to see everyone play but David Phelps. I recommend reading the whole thing, caveating that he’s drawing conclusions only after observing a very limited example of what a player does...

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