Sabathia agrees to 1-yr, $8 mil. deal with Yanks

Rex Christensen
November 9, 2018

Sabathia, rounding the corner on his age-38 season, will get that trip, plus $8 million in a one-year deal to return to the Yankees for an 11th season. He missed a $500,000 performance bonus by two innings when he was ejected in his last regular-season start for hitting Tampa Bay's Jesus Sucre after Rays pitcher Andrew Kittredge threw up-and-in to Austin Romine. The Yankees also know exactly what they're getting with Sabathia, as was the case when they re-signed Brett Gardner last week. Sabathia pitches with a brace on the knee and needs periodic injections there during the season.

The New York Yankees have taken the first step toward filling the vacancies in their starting rotation, and they're doing it with a familiar face.

In 18 big-league seasons Sabathia is 246-153 with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts in 538 career starts.

Sabathia's desire to stay in NY for what's expected to be his final season was apparent, as he turned down other opportunities to remain a Yankee, the source said.

The deal is expected to pay Sabathia eight million dollars next season as Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports.

The 28-year-old Gray, whom the Yankees acquired via trade in 2017, has a 15-16 record and 4.51 ERA in 41 career games with NY.

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NY dropped below the luxury-tax threshold for the first time in 2018.

"There were a few teams that reached out, " Thousand said from the general managers' meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.

"I'd love to have him come back", Cashman said, according to the Bergen Record's Matt Ehalt.

Both can be optioned to the minors next year. Cashman has strongly implied that Sonny Gray will be traded this offseason. A right-hander who turns 29 this week, Gray bristled at the rough reception by Yankees fans. "I don't feel like we can go through the same exercise and expect different results".

I covered the top five pitchers the the Yankees can target in free agency, but what does the rest of an ideal Yankee offsesaon look like? "He's a very successful major leaguer, and it's just going to happen somewhere else".

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