Here is a point I have thought about since last year, but was reminded by one of my tweeps, @Desroches23, on Twitter:
If Cliff Lee had signed with the Yankees, then the Yankees would let CC Sabathia walk..
Well, I won't go that far, but I will say this. If Lee had signed with the Yankees, then I think there is a real good chance that the Yankees would be playing harder ball with Sabathia right now.
At this point, no one knows what exactly the Yankees have offered Sabathia, but if it is just five years they are not giving him what he likely wants.
Sabathia can reason that he must opt-out because it is business. If he wants to justify it, he can try to imagine if Lee had come to New York.
Yes, the Yankees would still want to keep Sabathia, but would they likely being playing harder ball with him. I think they probably would have.