Sabathia hopes to decide future soon
CC Sabathia was non-commital about his future after the Yankees' make-or-break ALDS finale ended in defeat, the New York Post reported Friday.
The 3-2 loss to the Tigers in Game 5 on Thursday night put the clock on the ace left-hander's decision on whether to opt out of his seven-year, $161 million contract once the postseason ends.
Sabathia said he would try to come up with an answer in the next few days.
"I hadn't planned on us losing in the first round. I hadn't really even thought about it or made any decisions or anything like that," Sabathia said after the game. "I don't know."
Asked if he could picture a situation in which he does not return, Sabathia said, "I can't wrap my head around that right now."
Sabathia is expected to opt out of the contract, unless he and the Yankees decide to agree to an extension beforehand. Sabathia has four years at $23 million annually remaining on his contract.
The 31 year old, who pitched three times in the ALDS over a span of seven days, almost assuredly would receive larger offers on the open market.
"He's our ace," general manager Brian Cashman said when asked where Sabathia was on the priority list. "So he ranks highly."