Amber Sabathia: CC Sabathia's Determining Factor in Signing with Yankees?

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Amber Sabathia may have more than just a little to say about CC Sabathia signing with the Yankees.  In fact, it may be a case of Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman recruiting her, more than her star pitcher husband.

It is a widely held believe in the industry that Amber, highly respected among C.C.'s friends, wants her husband to pitch for the Giants.

Amber and C.C. were high school sweethearts and have three small children.  They have deep ties to the San Francisco area.

Sabathia's third meeting in as many days with the Yankees included Amber, and there are clearly concerns about how living in New York half the year will affect their family's lifestyle.

The Yankees have inked a deal, adding a seventh year to their six year, $140 million offer, upping the ante to $160 million - the biggest contract for any pitcher in history.

Money doesn't seem to be the determining factor for the Sabathias, who are more concerned about adjusting to life in New York.  A three year opt out clause may be what seals the deal.

After a month of negotiations, the Yankees are confident they have their guy, although all terms of the deal are not agreed to yet.

More photos and CBS Sports update video below.

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