CC Sabathia Agrees to One-Year Deal with the New York Yankees

CC Sabathia is heading back to the mound…

The 33-year-old Dominican American Major League Baseball pitcher has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees valued at $8 million, according to ESPN.

CC Sabathia

Sabathia, a lefty, has played the past 10 seasons of his 18-season career with the Yankees.

Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts last year for a 100-win New York club that lost in the American League Division Series to the Boston Red Sox.

He took a cut in salary from $25 million in 2017 to $10 million in ’18. 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.

Sabathia, who underwent right knee surgery in October, is one of just three returning members of the Yankees’ 2018 rotation, joining Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka.

Starter J.A. Happ is a free agent, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had said the team hopes to re-sign him, as well.

Cashman also is expected to pursue a group of free-agent pitchers that includes left-handers Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel.

New York already this offseason re-signed Brett Gardner, so keeping Sabathia maintains two veteran presences in the clubhouse.

“These are known commodities,” Cashman said. “We know exactly who they are in that clubhouse, who they are dealing with our press and our fans, and obviously — most importantly — competing on the field of play.”

Garcia Heading Back to the Yankees…

He emerged as one the New York Yankees’ most dependable starting pitchers… And, now it looks like Freddy Garcia will be returning to the team’s pitching line-up next season.

The 35-year-old Venezuelan right-hander has signed a one-year contract with the team that will pay between $4 million and $5 million guaranteed, according to the New York Daily News.

New York Yankees Freddy Garcia

Garcia had expressed a desire to return to the Yankees, even though he could’ve signed a two-year deal with another team.

He arrived in New York after signing an incentive-laden contract without a guaranteed roster spot, and succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations. Garcia posted a 3.62 ERA, the third-lowest of his 13-year career, despite pitching in the difficult American League East.

At the general managers’ meetings in Milwaukee last week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he knew he would need to pay well to re-sign a player like Garcia, or fellow overperformer Bartolo Colon, after both put together improbable comeback seasons.

“They did a good job,” said Cashman. “I can’t get those guys on non-roster invites again. No way. That’s a credit to what they did. I know my conversations this time are a little bit different than what they were before.”