Yankees fans, you can breathe easy now – CC has taken all the drama out of the potentially circus like situation in free agency. The big left-hander decided to stay with New York rather than test the free-a
gent market, agreeing Monday to a new deal that adds $30 million and one season to his existing contract, giving him a package that pays $122 million over the next five years.
“My son loves it here. All my kids love it here. My wife loves it here, obviously, and I do, too. I love pitching for the Yankee fans and everything, so it was the easy choice,” Sabathia said during a conference call.
Sabathia 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.
“It was just more time. That’s all it was. It was never a question about money or anything like that,” Sabathia said. “I just want to end my career here. I want to make sure I end my career as a Yankee and, hopefully, I’ve done that.”
Sabathia entered spring training this year looking much trimmer — which he attributed, in part, to cutting down on Cap’n Crunch — but by the end of the season, appearing heavier, his conditioning was being questioned. Sabathia had offseason knee surgery last year, but has not been hurt in the regular season as a Yankee.
Sabathia said he plans on losing weight.
“It’s something I do regardless, and be proactive,” he said. “I just need to go out and be healthy and try to do what I can to be up there for every start for this team. For me, that means losing weight, so that’s what I’ll do.”
Sabathia’s first three years, in the words of manager Joe Girardi, have been “spectacular.” He and the Yankees wanted them to continue — and now they will.