The New York Yankees will have a big piece of their 2017 season back for another year, as it was reported that C.C. Sabathia has struck a deal with the Bronx team.
According to Mark Feinsand from MLB.com, the Yankees have agreed with Sabathia on a one-year deal worth $10 million dollars.
BREAKING: According to a source, the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal with CC Sabathia worth $10 million. The deal is pending a physical.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) 16 de diciembre de 2017
Sabathia has been on the Yankees radar since the off-season started, but with the team focused on making trades it took a little longer for them to come to an agreement with the lefty for 2018.
The Yankees now have the five starters they could start the season with in Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery.
But it's rumored the team has been thinking about going to a six-man rotation and with several rumors putting them right in the thick of things for starters Gerrit Cole of the Pirates, Michael Fulmer of the Tigers and even Zack Greinke of the Diamondbacks, things could be coming along for that scenario.
Sabathia has had trouble with his knee in the past few seasons and having a six-man rotation could help him stay on the mound the entire season, as he wouldn't be forced to start games that often.
The 37-year-old finished the season with a 14-5 record and a 3.69 ERA in 148.2 innings pitched, Sabathia became the go-to guy in tough spots last season for Joe Girardi and excelled each time.
His deal will also include some performance incentives on innings pitched, informed Feinsand.
Sabathia’s deal also includes performance bonuses based on innings pitched.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) 16 de diciembre de 2017
Sabathia's attitude and veteran leadership will be as important as his performance on the mound next year with the "Bombers".