- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW YORK -- Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has already made his pitch to free agent Cliff Lee. Now, like the rest of the baseball community, he's just waiting to see where the most sought-after free agent will decide to sign.
"There's nothing else for me to say," Sabathia said. "He knows what kind of organization this is and what type of team this is and it's up to him to make the decision best for him and his family."
Sabathia spoke to the media about Lee and the recent moves of the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at a Payless ShoeSource in New York City as Sabathia participated in the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program. Sabathia and his wife, Amber, as part of Sabathia's PitCCh In Foundation, helped a group of kids from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club pick out free shoes.
"I like our team, our team is great," Sabathia said. "But anytime you can add Cliff or whoever else they want to add, especially a guy like Cliff, I think it just makes you that much better."
Sabathia said when he talked to Lee, the former teammates on the Cleveland Indians did not talk about "anything that's going on." He said they talked about how the free agency process was going for Lee and Sabathia said he tried to help any way he could.
"He has to make the decision that's best for him and his family," Sabathia said. "I understand that because I went through the process two years ago. It's not an easy decision that you want to make really quick."
Just as Sabathia doesn't know where Lee is headed, he's also in the dark about the possible return of lefty Andy Pettitte. Sabathia said he has talked to the lefty and would like to see Pettitte return for one more season.
"It's just one of those things where the guy gets to the end of his career and has to prioritize what's important to him, but he's still one of the best pitchers in the league," Sabathia said. "I think that's something that might be drawing him to come back."
While Sabathia waits to see if he will be future teammates with Lee, the Yankees ace has taken notice of the big moves the Red Sox have made. In the past week, the Red Sox reached agreement with free agent Carl Crawford on a seven-year deal and traded for slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, moves that bolstered their lineup.
Sabathia complimented the Red Sox on their moves and said it should be a fun season, but wasn't ready yet to concede the AL East to his opponents.
"I play for the Yankees and I always feel like we have a chance to win," Sabathia said. "If you look in our clubhouse and look in our lineup and look at the things we can do, it's hard not to side with our team."
Sabathia also added that his knee is "good" and back to normal after arthroscopic surgery in October and reiterated that Lee's future contract will not affect him and the opt-out clause in his contract at the end of this season.
"It has nothing to do with me," Sabathia said. "I'm here, I'm comfortable, my family is here, we're settled. This is my deal."
Matt Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.