Originally posted on Sliding Into Home  |  Last updated 10/26/11
From George A. King III:
By the time two days of meetings in Tampa end tomorrow, the Yankees will develop a plan they hope will keep CC Sabathia from opting out of a contract following the World Series.

General manager Brian Cashman will chair meetings of Yankees brass that will include president Randy Levine, assistant GM Jean Afterman, Billy Eppler, the head of pro scouting, and likely owner Hal Steinbrenner.

Cashman’s new contract could be finalized in Tampa.

“Their hope is to present Sabathia with an offer he is agreeable with before he opts out,’’ said a person with knowledge of the Yankees’ thinking.

Sabathia can opt out of the final four years of a contract, which has $92 million remaining. He has three days following the World Series (which will end no later than Thursday) to opt out and become a free agent.
They probably are trying to avoid any other teams getting involved and bringing up the price, but don't expect CC, and more importantly, his agent to rush the process. They're going to get as much as they possibly can out of this deal.
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