Brian Cashman hopes Yankees can bring back CC Sabathia, trade Sonny Gray

Brian Cashman hopes Yankees can bring back CC Sabathia, trade Sonny Gray

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

This past season Sabathia was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA (153.0IP, 62ER) in 29 starts, second most among Yankees starters.

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The past three seasons have reversed a negative trend from 2013-15, when Sabathia, who'll turn 39 in July, was in the early stages of transitioning from a power pitcher to a finesse hurler.

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.

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Sabathia signed a $161 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees before the 2009 season and led NY to its first World Series title since 2000, then used the leverage of an opt-out provision after the 2011 season to get a new deal that added a $25 million salary for 2016 with a $25 million team option for 2017. After his long-term deal ran out last winter, he signed a one-year, $10 million deal. He's struck out 1,593 batters in 1,810.2 innings pitching to a 3.174 ERA. Sabathia was ejected from the game and was unable to reach the innings needed in order for him to receive a bonus.

NY dropped below the luxury-tax threshold for the first time in 2018. Naysayers might say what a waste of money given Sabathia's recent knee surgery and decline over the years, yet those who value leadership know that this was a great deal for the Yankees to bring back CC to the helm of the dugout along with incumbent outfielder Brett Gardner.

"I love it here obviously", Sabathia said.

Both can be optioned to the minors next year.

One pitcher not in the Yankees' plans, though, is Gray. "I don't feel like we can go through the same exercise and expect different results". So I will reallocate his abilities to some other club for a yet-to-be determined price tag, and he will be good again. "He's a very successful major leaguer, and it's just going to happen somewhere else".