Originally posted on NBC New York  |  Last updated 10/10/11
The Yankee season ended sooner than many people hoped, so it is now time to start looking forward to the 2012 season. This week, we'll look at five big decisions the team has to make as they prepare for the offseason. CC Sabathia found himself in the crosshairs for the first time last week. His poor start in Game Three and ineffective relief work in Game Five left him as one of the Yankee stars blamed for the team's ALDS loss to the Tigers. It was an unusual place for Sabathia to find himself after three years as the best starter on the team and a big reason for their success in each of those seasons. Sabathia's postseason struggles figure to get a lot of airplay as the offseason gets underway. Sabathia can opt out of the final four years of his contract, worth $92 million, and become a free agent. The reasons why the Yankees don't want that to happen should be pretty obvious. Sabathia has been 59-23 over the last three years, with a 3.05 ERA and eight strikeouts per nine innings ...
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