That's good news for New York, but also good news for Sabathia's agent Greg Genske, who has to weigh getting his client top dollar against keeping him happy in matters other than money. The Yankees pitched Genske a $140-million offer for Sabathia in mid-November that blows away the $100 million offered by the Milwaukee Brewers (although there are reports the Crew may have increased their offer to six years.)
Because CC didn't just say "I love New York" to the Yankees on the spot, speculation has grown that Sabathia has little interest in playing in the Bronx. One would think the longer Sabathia hems and haws (apparently waiting for another team, such as the Los Angeles Angels, or Dodgers, etc., to jump in) the greater the chances that the Yankees would yank their offer.
And what if no other $140-million-ish offers come?
It could corner Sabathia into taking the Brewers deal. It also would mean he left $40 million on the table. And if it happens that way, Bill Madden in the N.Y. Daily News says it would pretty much mean the end of Greg Genske, Sports Agent.
From the Daily News:
Genske "has to be concerned about them pulling the offer and moving on to the other (free agent) pitchers," the source said. "If he blows this deal, he's dead as an agent. For one thing, who's going to approach that $140 million if the Yankees are out of it? Sabathia winds up with a deal $20 million less than Barry Zito? Like I said, (Genske's) dead."
Madden's take might be more than just sour Big Apples. Even if Sabathia says he would be "happier" away from New York (at a financial cost of $40 million), how would Genske — whose clients also include Pat Burrell, Francisco Liriano, Adam Dunn and Vernon Wells — sell that to his own future stable of athletes?