Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

CC Sabathia, New York Yankees agree on one-year contract

CC Sabathia, New York Yankees agree on one-year contract

According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the team and the left-hander, who will turn 39 in July, have agreed to an $8 million contract with no incentives. The Yankees are interested in making a trade for a starter, as well. He previously played for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers. "I think he'd like to stay and we'd like to keep him but it's a free market and that complicates things at times". Midyear, he joked to reporters that he wanted to return to the field - and the Yankees - so he could get a free trip to London during the team's scheduled series against the Red Sox in June 2019.

"I think we'll just gravitate to anything that will make sense", Cashman said Monday at the start of the 2018 General Manager Meetings, via mlb.com.

"He's been a great Yankee, and he has time on the clock still", Cashman said. He's the youngest of the three pitchers and has two more years of arbitration before he can become a free agent in 2021. "I'll play for whoever needs me". It's rare that it derails deals, but we've seen it happen before.

An ejection in his final start of the regular season cost Sabathia a $500,000 bonus that he would have earned for reaching 155 innings pitched. "We have (Luis Severino) and (Masahiro) Tanaka locked in". He's given up three earned runs in 25 playoff innings since previous year.

New York's starting pitching was ultimately the team's undoing in the playoffs.

If the Yankees are able to add two from a group of Kluber, Paxton and Corbin, they would certainly narrow the gap between themselves and the defending champion Boston Red Sox in the AL East. Sabathia won the World Series with NY in 2009.

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