“I’m thinking about blowin’ this popsicle stand. What do you think about that, cap’n?” (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

So far, they’ve heard only crickets from the camp of their lone consistently reliable starter over the last few seasons.

With an opt out clause in his contract, Sabathia could choose to pursue free agency and nix the final four years of his seven-year, $161 million deal with the Yankees — and it sounds like that’s what the Bronx Bombers epect him to do.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also has a new contract sitting on his desk, unsigned.

If Sabathia tests the free agent waters, he’ll instantly become the top pitcher on the market, but it remains to be seen whether any team would be willing to pony up the dough to match whatever New York is offering.

And frankly, Sabathia — who has $92 million left on his deal — is more valuable to the Yankees that he would be almost anywhere else.

In his three seasons in New York, Sabathia has a 59-23 record with a 3.18 ERA and a 3.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 101 starts. The big lefty is second in the Majors in wins over that span, just two games behind Justin Verlander.

If Sabathia chooses to resign with the Yankees, the level of talent in the free agent pool drops off dramatically to the level of say, C.J. Wilson, Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt. The New York Daily News has already had some fun toying with the idea of Sabathia filling a void in the Red Sox rotation created by John Lackey going under the knife.

While they wait, the Yankees have picked up their options on Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher.