Sabathia Agrees To $8M Deal To Stay With Yankees

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

The New York Yankees and CC Sabathia are nearing a one-year deal to keep the lefty in New York, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred. The deal does not include any performance bonuses.

This year's free-agent market features several big names, including the highly-coveted Patrick Corbin, who went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA with the Diamondbacks last season, and former Cy Young Award victor Dallas Keuchel, who went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA with the Astros in 2018.

The Reds hired Turner Ward from the Dodgers as their hitting coach on Tuesday, their second significant addition under new manager David Bell. Hear Sabathia, in planned last season, didn't want to look around, wanted to quickly work out something with NYY.

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.

In 18 postseason starts with the Yankees, Sabathia is 8-4 with a 3.45 ERA.

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.

The 25-year-old was 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 22 starts and three relief appearances this year, striking out 142 in 128⅓ innings. After his long-term deal ran out last winter, he signed a one-year, $10 million deal.

NY expects to trade the 28-year-old starter this offseason, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Monday.

"Last year we had to be really careful about every step we took in terms of financial commitments so it took longer because we were having to have that luxury-tax issue in the back of our minds". "This is a young team that's got a lot of talent and I'd love to be part of seeing this thing".

Cashman said Luke Voit will head to spring training as the starter at first base, and it will be up to Greg Bird to earn the job back.

"These are known commodities", Yankees GM Cashman said this week about players like Sabathia and Gardner. Cashman has strongly implied that Sonny Gray will be traded this offseason. "I don't feel like we can go through the same exercise and expect different results". "I think he'd like to stay and I think we'd like to keep him".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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