CC Sabathia, Yankees reportedly agree on one-year, $8 million contract

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 9, 2018

CC Sabathia is staying with the New York Yankees for an 11th season, agreeing to an $8 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday. The deal does not include any performance bonuses.

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.

The Reds hired Turner Ward from the Dodgers as their hitting coach on Tuesday, their second significant addition under new manager David Bell. The Yankees also know exactly what they're getting with Sabathia, as was the case when they re-signed Brett Gardner last week.

The past three seasons have reversed a negative trend from 2013-15, when Sabathia, who'll turn 39 in July, was in the early stages of transitioning from a power pitcher to a finesse hurler.

Gray recorded a 3.42 ERA in 114 games with Oakland before he was dealt to NY.

Sabathia's desire to stay in NY for what's expected to be his final season was apparent, as he turned down other opportunities to remain a Yankee, the source said.

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Since making his Major League debut in 2001, Sabathia has a 246-153 (.617) record with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986K in 538 career starts, making him the active leader in strikeouts, innings pitched (3,470.0) and complete games (38, tied), while ranking second in wins and starts to Bartolo Colon (247-188 in 565 games/552 starts).

The deal is expected to pay Sabathia eight million dollars next season as Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports. Sabathia was suspended the first five games of 2019 but has appealed.

NY dropped below the luxury-tax threshold for the first time in 2018. He said there are "a lot of teams" interested in dealing for Gray.

Both can be optioned to the minors next year. After that, Sonny Gray is likely to be traded soon. So I will reallocate his abilities to some other club for a yet-to-be determined price tag, and he will be good again.

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