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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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