CC Sabathia, Yankees reportedly agree on one-year, $8 million contract

CC Sabathia | Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

CC Sabathia | Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees announced today they have re-signed LHP CC Sabathia to a one-year contract for the 2019 season.

He has pitched in 18 Major League seasons (2001-18), and is one of four players - and the only pitcher - to appear in each Major League season since 2001, joining Adrian Beltré, Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki. He announced it would be his previous year playing baseball in a video posted on his Twitter page. He said there are "a lot of teams" interested in dealing for Gray.

Over the last three seasons, CC has had to reinvent himself, going from a power pitcher and transitioning into more of a finesses style. The bottom line is that the Yankees need pitching and they're poised to go and get some.

Sabathia said he hasn't been able to watch lefty starter Patrick Corbin, a free-agent target of the Yankees, that much since he pitched in the NL but fully endorsed bringing another free-agent lefty, J.A. Happ, back for more.

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Sabathia signed with the Yankees prior to the start of the 2009 season and helped lead the team to their last championship in 2009. The Indians have reportedly been looking to shed salary and could look to deal ace Corey Kluber, and perhaps the Yankees could show interest. The agreement will become official after Sabathia takes a physical on Wednesday.

"I feel good, earlier than the other ones, " Sabathia said of the rehab process that will include starting to throw a baseball in the middle of next month. Sabathia pitches with a brace on the knee and needs periodic injections there during the season.

Sabathia, 38, was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA (120 ERA+). Over a 19-year career, Sabathia has racked up almost 3,500 innings, with 2,986 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA. He is the active leader in strikeouts and innings pitched (3,470). On the Yankees' all-time franchise lists, he ranks fourth in strikeouts (1,593), seventh in starts, 11th in wins and 12th in innings pitched.

It was an easy reunion for the Yankees and their big lefty, who made it clear on the eve of the team's Game 4 loss in the ALDS that NY was where he wanted to be.

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