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3 Reasons why CC may opt out

Sabathia drops a bombshell, says this may be his last year in pinstripes.

1 Money talks

Countless players have capitalized on this clause, which CC Sabathia put into his seven-year, $161 million deal. It allows him to opt out after his third year.

This is nothing new to the Yankees, who saw Alex Rodriguez opt out in 2007. Of course, if Sabathia has a monster season — say 20-plus wins and dominating matchups vs. the Red Sox — and elects to use the clause, his agent would have more tact and better timing than to announce the opt-out during the World Series.

Sabathia knows the fragility of the rotation, and he’ll have little trouble forcing the Yankees to overpay.

2 Cliff’s edge

It seems like an unlikely scenario, but Sabathia’s friendship with ex-Indian teammate Cliff Lee is well-documented. Besides money, it was a significant reason why the Yankees were considered the favorites for Lee during the offseason.

It’s almost impossible to imagine a rotation with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Sabathia. Of course, the baseball community said the same thing about Lee and Halladay joining forces and look what happened. Plus, Sabathia loves swinging the bat, so you just never know.

3 California love

Sabathia has West Coast roots from his upbringing outside the San Francisco Bay Area in Vallejo, Calif. Many thought that was where Sabathia was destined following the 2008 season. Then the Yankees swooped in with a record deal, but it still didn’t prevent Sabathia from adding that clause.

“I have no idea,”?Sabathia said about the ultimate decision to opt out. “It is still in my contract. Anything is possible.”

Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner disagrees.

“[He] had another excellent year,”?he said. “I think he’s here to stay.”

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