CARLSBAD, CA – CC Sabathia says 2019 will be his last season in the big leagues."This is it," the 38-year-old…
CARLSBAD, CA – CC Sabathia says 2019 will be his last season in the big leagues.
“This is it,” the 38-year-old left handman said in a video published on Twitter on Wednesday after the New York Yankees completed his $ 8 million contract, a year.
Sabathia and New York had agreed on Tuesday, subjected to a successful physical.
A six-time All-Star and 2007 Al Cy Young Award winner, Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA on 29 starts this year. He had surgery on his right knee after the 2010 season, in July 2014, after the 2016 season and again last month. Sabathia is squat and needs periodic injections there during the season.
He is 246-153 in 18 major league seasons with 3.70 ERA and 2 986 strikes, including 129-80 in a decade with the Yankees. His new business increases his salary from New York to $ 229 million.
Sabathia signed a $ 161 million contract with the seven-year contract with Yankees prior to 2009, leading New York to its first World Series title since 2000, then using the leverage effect of an opt-out provision after the 2011 season to get a new deal that gave a $ 25 million salary for 2016 with an option option of $ 25 million for 2017.
Sabathia scored an average of $ 10 million this year. He missed a $ 500,000 prize bonus with two innings when he was drafted in his last regular season start to beat Tampa Bay’s Jesus Sucre after Stones pitcher Andrew Kittredge threw up into Austin Romine. Sabathia interrupted the first five games in 2019 but has appealed.
“At this stage of the game we should know sooner or later whether we can agree on something or not,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said earlier Tuesday.
“Last year, we had to be very careful about every step we took when it came to financial commitments so it took longer because we needed to get the Luxembourg issue behind us.”  New York dropped below the threshold for luxury tax for the first time in 2018. Yankee’s projected rotation for 2019 also includes right-handers Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka and Cashman says he intends to add more probes after the team went 100-62 just to finish others in the AL-East and lose in the Division Series to Boston, the possible World Series champion.
Cashman said that Luke Voit will run for spring training starting at the first base and it will be up to Greg Bird to earn the job back. Bird had ankle surgery at the end of March, returned in mid May and hit .199 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs. Voit, acquired from St. Louis July 28, beat .333 with 14 homers and 33 RBIs in 39 games.
“He stopped battling in the middle of our line in the afterseason so I can not see why three weeks since that time would change our evaluation process, Cashman said.”
“Someone has earned that right and someone because of damage has become kicked off for a certain amount of time but I think Birdy will benefit from time and he will have the opportunity to revive and prove himself. Cashman repeated his intention to trade Sonny Gray, only 15-16 since New York acquired him from Oakland in July 2017. A right hand man who becomes 29 a week cried Gray at the rough reception of Yankee’s fans.
“It’s been a year and a half, I will not be Sisyphus shooting the cliff up a hill and rolling it on top of me,” said Cashman. Its not working. I will not be willing to continue to go through the fire and expect it to be another result. So I will redistribute his abilities to another club for an even price tag, and he will be fine again. Trust me. I think he’s a jar of a pot. He is a very successful big league, and it will only happen somewhere else. “
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