In 2008, the New York Yankees signed free agent CC Sabathia to a 7 year deal worth $161 million. At the time, Sabathia was coming off winning the Cy Young Award, and was brought in to be the team's ace as their earlier championship core aged and/or moved on.
However, after occasional short-term injuries earlier in his career, by 2014, a degenerative knee was placing Sabathia's career in doubt.
At the time he was 33, and still owed a great deal of money ($23 million each in 2014 and 2015, and $25 million in 2016).
My guess that the Yankees would have protected themselves by buying insurance proved correct.
He ended up returning to a fairly full load in 2015 and 2016... but his best was certainly behind him.
But it got me wondering: how much might player insurance cost? And how much more might it cost for Sabathia (since he was older and weighed 240 pounds) than for another player with a similar salary? Put another way: How much does Sabathia's "extra" age and weight cost in insurance?