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Reports Say C.C. Sabathia Will Opt Out of Yankee Contract

Molly Huscroft

C.C. Sabathia

Sabathia to decide if he wants to be a free agent tonight

The New York Yankees’ reported offer to star pitcher C.C. Sabathia won’t be enough to keep him from opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent. reported Sunday evening that Sabathia will walk away from the final four years of his contract and the $92 million that comes with it in his Yankees contract. The seven-year, $161 million deal Sabathia signed with the Yankees after the 2008 season allowed him to opt out after three years.

Multiple media sources have reported that the Yankees already pitched a proposal to Sabathia, although no figures have been released.

Once he officially opts out, Sabathia will be the best available pitcher on the free-agent market. He has a 59-23 record in three seasons with the Yankees and was the staff anchor in 2009 when New York won the World Series.

This year’s free agents include 2011 World Series star Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes, C.J. Wilson, Edwin Jackson and Mark Buehrle.

Reports speculate that clubs such as the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays will be contenders for Sabathia.

Decisions on club and player options must be made by the end of Monday. Free agents can start signing with teams Thursday.

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