C.C. Sabathia isn’t going anywhere. Not from Major League Baseball, and not from the New York Yankees. Per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, he and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal.
CC Sabathia will return to the Yankees on a one-year, $8M deal, pending physical, a source confirms. Sabathia’s agent, Kyle Thousand, would not confirm. @Joelsherman1
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 6, 2018
Last season, Sabathia gave the Yankees 153 solid innings — 3.65 ERA, 4.19 FIP and a 4.40 DRA. But he’s 38 years old now. Plus, we don’t know how healthy he’ll. In fact, there’s no guarantee he racks up 150-plus innings again next season. Meanwhile, the Yankees remain bent on adding starting pitching. That’s their focus this offseason.
Sabathia might not hurt, but he doesn’t really help either. He’s a body, maybe a semi-reliable fifth starter. We don’t know at this point. 2019 will mark his 19th season in the majors, and his 11th with the Yankees. In 284 career starts with the Yankees, he holds a 3.74 ERA and 3.82 FIP. The Bronx Bombers are currently coming off a 100-win season, but one that would end in the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox. Winning 100 games didn’t even earn them a division title, though.
So again we wonder: just how much is Sabathia going to help. And more than that — will this be his last season in the majors?