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CC Sabathia expected to exercise opt-clause in contract after 2011 season

"Four years ago, the Yankees endured a season’s worth of talk about Alex Rodriguez’s opt-out clause, the one he famously exercised during the World Series to become a free agent.

Get ready for déjà vu.

CC Sabathia can opt out of the final four years and $92 million of his contract at the end of this season, and while he seemingly has no desire to go anywhere else, it’s likely the big lefthander will tear up his contract next fall in search of one more massive payday.

A source with knowledge of the situation said that barring a major injury or some unforeseen circumstance, Sabathia - who is 40-15 with a 3.27 ERA in two years with the Yankees - is expected to exercise the opt-out.”