Yankees Bring Back CC Sabathia For A 10th Season

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Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press

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).