For now, the Yankees’ rotation includes CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery. The buzz around the talks between the Pirates and the Yankees to trade Gerrit Cole for Gleyber Torres and a pitcher has all but died out today, though it’s not impossible that Brian Cashman may still surprise us all, as pieces like Clint Frazier and Chance Adams could be used as potential trade chips.
Sabathia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, as his deal also includes performance-based incentives. Sabathia is well-regarded not only for his gritty winning performances, but also for his unmatchable leadership in the clubhouse.
Sabathia will look to continue the success of the 2017 season in which he went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA, his lowest since 2012. He will be looking to finish the business of winning a World Series with a Yankees team that came within a game of the series this season.
“CC feels there’s unfinished business to attend to,” his agent, Kyle Thousand of Roc Nation Sports, told MLB.com. “There were competitive offers that CC was weighing, but in the end, CC wanted to come back and win a championship with the Yankees.”
Despite speaking with both the Angels and the Blue Jays, Sabathia had made it known that he wanted to return to the Yankees and remain with his family in the New York area.
Even with the re-signing of Sabathia to their rotation, the Yankees are still in the hunt for another starting pitcher, via trade, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. They’ve been showing a high level of interest in Pittsburgh Pirates’ right-hander Gerrit Cole, as mentioned above, as well as other starting pitchers like Tampa Bay Rays’ Chris Archer, Detroit Tigers’ Michael Fulmer and Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin and Zack Greinke.