CC Sabathia agrees to deal to stay with Yankees

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2018

CC Sabathia is headed back to the Yankees.

Sabathia has played the last 10 of his 18 Major League seasons for the Yankees.

Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts past year for a 100-win NY club that lost in the American League Division Series to the Boston Red Sox.

A team official confirmed to the Daily News that the sides were "close" to agreeing to the deal, which would return to the fold two of the three remaining Yankees who had been members of the 2009 World Championship team.

Cashman already is deep in talks to trade Sonny Gray, just 15-16 since NY acquired him from Oakland in July 2017.

The Cleveland Indians will listen to trade packages for both Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

The Yankees are reportedly interested in re-signing veteran free agent J.A. Happ.

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"He's been a great Yankee, and he has time on the clock still", Cashman said.

An ejection in his final start of the regular season cost Sabathia a $500,000 bonus that he would have earned for reaching 155 innings pitched.

"I would think that there'll be a lot of interest in him", Cashman said. "We have (Luis Severino) and (Masahiro) Tanaka locked in".

Sonny Gray is under contract and capable of starting, but he isn't in the Yankees' plans.

"I'll play anywhere, " he said before the Yankees were eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS "I still want to pitch". A trade could be involved and there are certainly some free agents that fit as well.

It was an easy reunion for the Yankees and their big lefty, who made it clear on the eve of the team's Game 4 loss in the ALDS that NY was where he wanted to be.

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