Inside CC Sabathia's decision

Updated: October 31, 2011, 11:54 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Let's say that the New York Yankees' extension offer to CC Sabathia had been for two years at his current salary, $23 million a year. That would take Sabathia's deal to six years and about $138 million. In that case, there almost certainly wouldn't have been any deliberation, no reason to pause. Sabathia presumably would have taken his big left hand and signed what would have been the greatest offer of guaranteed dollars for any pitcher since … well, since Sabathia signed his seven-year, $161 million deal after the 2008 season.

But if the Yankees' offer was for only one additional year, on top of the four years and $92 million that is already owed, that takes him into a gray area -- which is where he seems to be today, in deciding whether to take what the Yankees are dangling or whether to opt out of his contract and test the free-agent market again. The guess here is that the Yankees have offered Sabathia a one-year extension.

By offering to tack one more year onto Sabathia's contract, the Yankees would be committed to him for five years, $115 million. That would be reason for the pitcher to sit at the kitchen table with a legal pad and draw two columns -- pro and con -- and mull over the situation with his wife, Amber.

The pros of signing with the Yankees: