Yankees, Sabathia Finalizing 1-Year, $8 Million Deal

Sabathia will retire after 2019 as a New York Yankee.

The second-longest tenured Yankee will be back for another round next season, as Joel Sherman (New York Post) and Mark Feinsand (MLB.com) report CC Sabathia has agreed to a 1-year, $8 million deal. This will be Sabathia’s final season pitching, according to a source close to Feinsand.

The deal contains no incentives, and is pending a physical. That physical will take place tomorrow, per the Post’s George A. King III. The lefty is currently appealing a five-game suspension levied for purposely throwing at Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesús Sucre in retaliation for a pitch thrown at Austin Romine‘s head.

In his age-37 season, Sabathia was a solid starter, throwing 153 innings of 3.65 ERA (4.16 FIP) baseball across 29 starts. He saw his strikeouts-per-9 increase while keeping his walks steady, though he allowed slightly more hits per inning. The veteran very likely will return tentatively to the No. 5 spot as the Yankees certainly look to add “multiple” arms, per Brian Cashman.

Since joining the Yankees in 2009, the lefty has gone 129-80 with a 3.74 ERA (3.82 FIP) in 284 starts.

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