CC Sabathia, Yankees Agree to 1-Year, $10 Million Contract

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws during the first inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Veteran pitcher CC Sabathia will stay with the New York Yankees, as the sides officially reached an agreement Tuesday.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com first reported the one-year, $10 million deal Dec. 16.

Sabathia's agent, Kyle Thousand, told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com the pitcher felt he had unfinished business in New York, which made him choose the Yankees' offer over other competitive ones.

Sabathia pitched for the Cleveland Indians from 2001 into the 2008 season, when they traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers. He then signed with the Yankees before the 2009 campaign and will enter his 10th year in pinstripes in 2018.

Sabathia previously discussed the potential end to his tenure in New York on the Players' Tribune's R2C2 podcast in November.

"If my run is up here—like Joe [Girardi]—I had a great time," he said. "Played here for nine years with some of the best players on the planet. Won a World Series. Greatest fans ever. I was a Yankee. I can say that."

He will have a chance to win another World Series nearly a decade after he helped lead the Bronx Bombers to the title as the 2009 American League Championship Series MVP. In all, he has made 22 career postseason starts. He tallied a 2.37 ERA in 19 playoff innings in 2017 as the Yanks advanced to the ALCS before losing to the eventual champion Houston Astros.

Sabathia's resume includes more than just postseason success.

He is a six-time All-Star and won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award with a 3.21 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 209 strikeouts in 241 innings. The effort marked one of 10 seasons in which he finished with a sub-4.00 ERA, and he's been one of the most consistent pitchers of his generation.

While the southpaw is 37 years old and no longer in his prime, he was still effective last season, posting a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 148.2 innings.

The Yankees rotation also includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray, among others, and they won't look for Sabathia to be a Cy Young candidate at this stage of his career. If he can replicate his 2017 performance, though, a lineup featuring Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton should provide enough run support for another successful season in the Bronx.

Related

    Kemp Goes from LA's Nightmare to 2018 Rebirth

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Kemp Goes from LA's Nightmare to 2018 Rebirth

    Zachary D. Rymer
    via Bleacher Report

    Every Team's Prospect Off to an Hot Start 🔥

    New York Yankees logo
    New York Yankees

    Every Team's Prospect Off to an Hot Start 🔥

    Joel Reuter
    via Bleacher Report

    Braves Call Up Top Prospect Ronald Acuna

    MLB logo
    MLB

    Braves Call Up Top Prospect Ronald Acuna

    Alec Nathan
    via Bleacher Report

    Yankees Smack Twins, Gary Sanchez Homers Twice

    New York Yankees logo
    New York Yankees

    Yankees Smack Twins, Gary Sanchez Homers Twice

    NJ.com
    via NJ.com