CC Sabathia was a little indecisive last season. "The 38-year-old lefty has played the past 10 seasons of his 18-season career with the Yankees." . In a video with podcast co-host Ryan Ruocco, Sabathia said he was "excited" to finish his career with NY.
Sabathia has been with the Yankees since 2009. While the team could enter the 2019 Major League Baseball season with one of the two big bats on their roster, general manager Brian Cashman has made it clear that the organization's primary goal is to improve the starting rotation. He previously played for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers.
"He finished batting in the middle of our lineup in the post-season, so I don't see why three weeks since that time would change our evaluation process", Cashman said.
In 10 years with the Yankees, Sabathia is 129-80 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.264 WHIP in 1810.2 innings pitched. I'm interested in adding more than one pitcher.
It was reported earlier in the week that the Yankees were interested in trading for former Cy Young victor Corey Kluber.
"Well, we're going to try to sign him, " Cashman said.
Only Severino and Tanaka are due back, and Cashman is expected to pursue a group of free-agent pitchers that also include left-handers Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel. A trade could be involved and there are certainly some free agents that fit as well.
Sonny Gray is under contract and capable of starting, but he isn't in the Yankees' plans.
Eight days after the Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series title in 15 seasons - compared to one in that span for New York - Cashman arrived at the annual general managers' meetings searching for pitching. Sabathia won the World Series with NY in 2009.