Sabathia staying with Yankees

Annette Crawford
November 9, 2018

A year ago it took until mid-December for Sabathia to decide whether he was going to continue to be a Yankee and he signed a one-year, $10 million deal. It's expected that 2019 will be Sabathia's final season in the big leagues before retiring. He announced it would be his a year ago playing baseball in a video posted on his Twitter page.

According to Kyle Thousand, Sabathia's agent, there was interest from other clubs. Naysayers might say what a waste of money given Sabathia's recent knee surgery and decline over the years, yet those who value leadership know that this was a great deal for the Yankees to bring back CC to the helm of the dugout along with incumbent outfielder Brett Gardner. The bottom line is that the Yankees need pitching and they're poised to go and get some. In the end this is where CC wanted to be.

"Seeing Happ up close and being a teammate, he is a good example for the young guys on the team, " Sabathia said of Happ, who went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 regular-season starts following a trade from the Blue Jays.

It was reported earlier in the week that the Yankees were interested in trading for former Cy Young victor Corey Kluber. The agreement will become official after Sabathia takes a physical on Wednesday.

"I love it here obviously", Sabathia said. Sabathia pitches with a brace on the knee and needs periodic injections there during the season.

A six-time All-Star and the 2007 AL Cy Young Award victor, Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this year. Over a 19-year career, Sabathia has racked up almost 3,500 innings, with 2,986 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA.

He is 29-22 with a 3.67 ERA in 80 starts and three relief appearances over four seasons and was an AL All-Star in 2017. On the Yankees' all-time franchise lists, he ranks fourth in strikeouts (1,593), seventh in starts, 11th in wins and 12th in innings pitched.

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers the ball to the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on August 29.

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