The New York Yankees have reached an agreement to bring back veteran pitcher CC Sabathia on a one-year, $8 million deal, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
The 38-year-old 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 AL 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 just one of three returning members from 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 resigned 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.”
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