Per Mark Feinsand, the Yankees have reportedly reached terms to bring back veteran lefty CC Sabathia on a one year deal worth $10 million.
Sabathia is coming off his best season since 2012 winning 14 games with a 3.69 ERA over 27 games started. The return of CC fills a much-needed void in their rotation that was originally left by the 37-year-old and boosts their staff to one of the better 1-5’s in baseball.
Over nine seasons in the Bronx, the six-time All-Star compiled a 120-73 record, pitching to a 3.75 ERA during his long-term deal with the Yankees. If it wasn’t known already, this signing validates that Sabathia certainly lived up to expectations after becoming one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball history. A low risk-high reward $10 million deal suits perfect for Brian Cashman’s intention to stay under the $197 million luxury tax threshold, while still fielding a World Series caliber team.
Almost two months into the offseason, to say the Yankees have been successful thus far would be an understatement. Just last week they acquired NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, then shed salary by dumping Chase Headley’s $13 million to the Padres, and now bringing Sabathia back on a discounted one-year deal.
Although the Yankees now have a likely set rotation of Severino-Tanaka-Gray-Sabathia-Montgomery, they may still be in the market for a starting pitcher, perhaps Pirates’ Gerrit Cole. Cole’s name has surfaced consistently throughout the Winter Meetings in regards to the Yankees pitching needs and still may be looked at as a viable option.
Despite suffering his worst season in the big leagues in 2017, adding a starter like Cole, who is a former first-round draft pick of the Yankees, could without a doubt solidify their chances, even more, to win their 28th championship next Fall. The 27-year-old had a down year this past season pitching to a 4.26 ERA in 33 games, but that doesn’t negate his track record of being a reliable front-end starter who finished 4th in the 2015 NL Cy Young voting.
Nonetheless, with or without Cole, things are looking bright for the Yankees pitching staff in 2018 with the addition of Sabathia. Although he, of course, isn’t what he once was, assuming CC wins 12+ games while giving the Yanks’ another 150 innings is certainly reasonable.
“CC feels there’s unfinished business to attend to” his agent, Kyle Thousand told MLB.com. “He wants to bring home another championship to the Yankee fans”
With that said, Sabathia’s goals to win another title are about as legitimate as possible with this Yankee team. Under a new manager Aaron Boone, this is a team that could be favorited for years to come to keep adding more World Series championships to their already historic lore.
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