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Yankees Bring Back CC Sabathia For A 10th Season

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The New York Yankees are welcoming back CC Sabathia for a 10th season with the club.

Several outlets reported on December 16 that Sabathia and the Yankees had agreed on a one-year, $10 million deal pending a physical; the signing became official on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s offseason transactions list.

Sabathia, 37, signed a seven-year, $161 million deal with New York prior to the 2009 season. Following 2011, an extra year and 2017 vesting option was added to his contract.

Although Sabathia isn’t the Cy Young caliber pitcher he once was, he’s still effective. This past season, he went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts despite right knee trouble.

There’s no denying that Sabathia simply isn’t the workhorse he used to be either. From 2007-13, he averaged 230 innings pitched a season. 2014 limited him to only eight starts; and in three full years since, he’s averaged just 165.

Still, the veteran left-hander thinks he has something to prove.

“CC feels there’s unfinished business to attend to,” said Kyle Thousand, Sabathia’s agent, per MLB.com. “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.”

In nine seasons with the Yankees, Sabathia is 120-73 with a 3.75 ERA (4.38 since 2013) in 255 games (all starts). Overall in his 17-year career since 2001, he’s 237-146 with a 3.70 ERA in 509 games (all starts).

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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