The possibility that we'd see CC Sabathia involved in the offseason's biggest drama was ended with a tweet from the big man himself on Monday night. The message linked to a simple YouTube video which contained an even simpler message: Sabathia and the New York Yankees sidestepped the opt-out drama by adding an extra year worth $25 million to the contract he originally signed before the 2009 season. He's now guaranteed to be in pinstripes through the 2016 season, though a 2017 option worth another $25 million will vest if he avoids a major shoulder injury.
So all's well that ends well, I suppose. The Yankees keep their ace off the open market without having to pony up for three or four additional years while Sabathia pockets a guaranteed $30 million (he'll receive a $5 million buyout if that 2017 year doesn't vest). His "charitable" outlook was also earning him plenty of plaudits Tuesday morning with one writer even calling him the "anti A-rod." That's taking things a bit far, but I suppose taping a friendly video that cost $1.36 million per second to make will always help you win the battle of public perception.