While the Mets are tweaking their field, the Evil Empire is busy spending money the best way it knows how: On players. The Yankees completed a deal that will keep CC Sabathia as a Yankee next year and even longer. He Tweeted yesterday, "Yankee fans, I’ll be here fighting for number 28 next year!" and linked to this information and video, where he thanks the Steinbrenner family: "My goal the whole time was to be able to finish my career as a Yankee…I look forward to seeing everybody out at the ballpark next year.”
The deal's value depends on options. According to the Post, "The Yankees gave him an extension for $30 million guaranteed, with the increase potentially cresting to $50 million if an option is exercised. Sabathia had four years and $92 million left on his deal through 2015 ($23 million annually). Now, in 2016, he will receive $25 million. And in 2017, he has a vesting club option for $25 million with a $5 million buyout. Thus, Sabathia is assured five years and $122 million, with the possibility of $142 million over six years."
Sabathia said, “I was confident that we would get to an agreement. 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.”
While this basically means that the Yankees had to cough up $30 million more, the Daily News' John Harper thinks this was a good deal—you know, God forbid if someone like the Red Sox got CC!