The New York Yankees agreed to a deal with C.C. Sabathia to bring him back for one more season, as the Yankees look to make a run at the World Series championship in 2018.
Sabathia's new deal is worth $10 million dollars plus bonuses for innings pitched, informed Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
Sabathia’s deal also includes performance bonuses based on innings pitched.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) 16 de diciembre de 2017
According to Feinsand, Sabathia's return to the "Bronx Bombers" is not money based as his agent Kyle Thousand of Roc Nation Sports indicated the lefty had better offers on the table but there was "unfinished business to attend to" with the Yankees.
Here is Thousand's full comment to MLB.com:
"CC feels there's unfinished business to attend to. There were competitive offers that CC was weighing but in the end, CC wanted to come back and win a championship with the Yankees. He loves his teammates, the clubhouse and the moves the Yankees are making. He wants to bring home another championship to the Yankee fans."
Sabathia has already won a World Series with the Yankees back in 2009, but he has seen the rebirth of the "Evil Empire" first hand and knows the potential of this team better than anybody.
With the addition of Giancarlo Stanton, this team could have enough to get over the hump in 2018.
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 within Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery.
Even Aaron Boone got involved in recruiting Sabathia back, as he has a relationship with the lefty and knows how much he means to the Yankees.
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, but adding Sabathia's $10 million probably takes them out of the last one.
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.
In his Yankees career, Sabathia has pitched 1,657.2 innings and has a record of 120-73 with a 3.75 ERA over nine seasons, it's fair to say he has been quite successful in the pinstripes.