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It's gut-check time for CC, Yankees

Sabathia is worth big money, but adding years to the hefty lefty's deal is a risk

Updated: October 14, 2011, 9:07 AM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

Now that the season is over, now that the New York Yankees are done, now that we've learned -- yet again -- that money can't buy you pennants or championships, it's time to assess the state of a franchise that has won 27 World Series titles, yet is evidently heading in the wrong direction.

Contrary to popular belief, the primary problems aren't limited to a hobbled third baseman and a few overpaid, unproductive fielders. They also involve an ace, CC Sabathia, who can opt out of his ...

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