Contract details for CC & A.J.
This would be a very good year to be on CC Sabathia’s holiday list. According to contract details obtained by the Associated Press, Sabathia will be paid $9.5 million of his $161 million contract by Opening Day at the new Yankee Stadium.
Earning $14 million in ’09, Sabathia’s contract increases to $23 million in each of the final six seasons of the deal, the largest contract ever for a pitcher both in total dollars and average salary. His deal surpasses the six-year, $137.5 million deal that Johan Santana signed with the Mets.
“With the economy being the way it is, the teams offering the huge amounts of money was pretty crazy,” Sabathia said on Thursday. “But that’s our game, I guess. I was just trying to sit back and decipher through everything and make a decision.”
The AP also reported that Sabathia’s deal ensures he will have a suite on road trips, a provision also in the contracts of several other Major Leaguers. He can void the contract after the 2011 season and file for free agency, but Sabathia said Thursday that he has no plans to do so.
“The decision took longer than people wanted, but that’s why,” Sabathia said. “I planned on that wherever I play is where I’m going to live. I made the decision to play here, so I’m going to live here. … I look at it as though I’m going to be here through the duration of the contract.”
Burnett will earn $16.5 million annually over his five-year, $88.5 million deal, and both players have no-trade provisions.