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Sabathia to opt out? You can bank on it

CC's happy as a Yankee, but he's too smart to turn down big bucks for a new deal

Updated: February 16, 2011, 9:40 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Up front, understand that CC Sabathia has too much class to ever opt out of a monstrous contract in the middle of a clinching World Series game. He is not Alex Rodriguez. He gets it.

But also understand this: Sabathia is more likely to throw a pitch right-handed this year than he is to let his opt-out clause expire like a carton of milk.

Assuming he keeps up his New York Yankees average of 20 victories a pop, Sabathia either will vacate his $161 million deal and become a free agent, ...

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