Saturday, December 16, 2017
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Yankees have agreed to terms with left-hander CC Sabathia on a one-year contract worth $10MM. The deal is pending a physical, and includes performance bonuses based on innings pitched. Sabathia is a client of Roc Nation Sports.
Sabathia has spent the past nine seasons with the Yankees, and he’ll return to a rotation that also includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery. It’s not a surprise that he’s returning to the Bronx; MLBTR predicted he’d re-sign with the Bombers, and Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports (via Sabathia’s agent, Kyle Thousand) that the Yankees “always wanted Sabathia back and he did not want to leave.” He also mentions that the Yankees would like to add one more starter, likely through a trade. Sherman adds in a subsequent tweet that while there were competitive offers for the lefty that made Sabathia take his time, he feels there is “unfinished business to attend to” with the Yanks.
CC’s a pretty damn good fifth starter to have around. This makes trading for another starting pitcher a lot less important, although according to the excerpt above the Yankees are still pursuing adding a starter for whatever reason.
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