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Sabathia to get $9.5 million from Yankees before season opener

Updated: December 20, 2008, 2:00 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia will receive $9.5 million from the New York Yankees before he throws his first official pitch in pinstripes.

His $161 million, seven-year contract includes a $9 million signing bonus. By the time the Yankees open at Baltimore on April 6, he already will have received $6 million of that bonus plus $3.5 million of next year's salary.

This is how it works:

• The signing bonus is payable in three equal installments by Dec. 31; March 1, 2009; ...

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