Sabathia's name has remained in the Cy Young conversation ever since he claimed the award with the Cleveland Indians in 2007.
With that said, finding him among the names on this list is a given.
But why so far back, you ask?
Despite racking up 19 or more wins in each of his three seasons wearing pinstripes, the Yankees' ace is showing consistent declines in some important Cy Young-determining areas.
Sabathia posted a 3.00 ERA in 2011, his lowest as a Yankee. But his WHIP (1.23) and opponent batting average (.255) have increased each of the last three years—not a good sign for any Cy Young hopeful.
Look, CC is a dominant force on the mound, and has been for years. New York's portly pitcher even dropped some weight this winter—upon requests from the Yankees' front office.
But aside from a 17-start stint with the Brewers in 2008 (seven of which were complete games), CC hasn't had an ERA under 3.00 in his 11-year career.
Although the Yankees significantly improved their pitching staff in the offseason, nothing was done to help Sabathia in terms of run support. Curtis Granderson likely won't reach his astronomical numbers from a year ago—Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez looking like a thing of the past—and their newest designated hitter has failed to log 300 plate appearances in four straight seasons.
Furthermore, the Yankees have absolutely no depth behind their starters, which is peculiar considering the lack of youth and extensive injury history from players like Andruw Jones and Russell Martin.
Unless CC can buck his trending stats, and the Yanks can keep their starting lineup intact—I don't see Sabathia cracking the top five in the AL Cy Young voting this season.