Inside CC Sabathia's decision 

October, 31, 2011

CC SabathiaChris Trotman/Getty ImagesCC Sabathia could be staring at free agency if the Yankees don't increase their extension offer.
Let's say that the New York Yankees' extension offer to CC Sabathia had been for two years at his current salary, $23 million a year. That would take Sabathia's deal to six years and about $138 million. In that case, there almost certainly wouldn't have been any deliberation, no reason to pause. Sabathia presumably would have taken his big left hand and signed what would have been the greatest offer of guaranteed dollars for any pitcher since ... well, since Sabathia signed his seven-year, $161 million deal after the 2008 season.