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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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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