Just saw on Mike & Mike on ESPN2: Buster Olney reported that the Sabathia deal is for SEVEN years and $160 million, or $22.857 million per year.
Um, wow. Just wow. Thankfully he's just 28 now because by 35 (or sooner) and some 20 extra pounds, this might be really ugly. Go ahead, Sox fans, rip the guy apart. But look me in the eye and tell me if you would be doing the same ripping if he were coming to Boston. It's only natural. Besides, it's only money.
Loyal reader TadtheBad used the right word: rationalizing. All NYY fans are rationalizing this deal this morning. And anti-Yanks "fans" are doing the same on the other side of the fence.
Ken Rosenthal confirms Buster's report:
Free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia has reached agreement with the Yankees on a seven-year contract worth approximately $160 million, according to a major-league source.
UPDATE (12pm 12/10/08): Update on Sabathia's fine print
The deal, according to a source close to negotiations, gives Sabathia the right to opt out of the contract after the first three years, by which time he will have been paid $69 million. Sabathia appreciated the clause because it satisfied concerns he had about living in New York and the impact it might have on his wife and three children.
He will make his opt-out decision after the 2011 season with four years and $92 million remaining on the deal, at which time he could renegotiate, leave or stay.