CC Sabathia has proven already this season that he is still more than capable of stringing together quality starts, but that does not mean the left-hander plans to play until he has nothing left in the tank.
Sabathia, who has allowed just one earned run in his past four outings, is a big reason why the New York Yankees are off to one of their best starts in franchise history. And if they end up capping it off with a World Series title, the 37-year-old is planning to call it a career.
“I want one more parade and pretty sure that will be it,” Sabathia told George A. King III of The New York Post over the weekend. “I thought I had it last year.”
While he clearly made the right choice to keep playing this season, Sabathia says he probably would have retired last year had the Yankees won their first championship since 2009.
“That’s what you play for,” he said. “But you got to get it first. … You always want that feeling. It feels like 20 seasons (ago that the Yankees won it all). That’s all you play for.”
Sabathia is 2-0 this season with a 1.39 ERA in six starts. His velocity isn’t quite what it used to be, but the veteran has found ways to adjust accordingly and become less of a strikeout pitcher. When you take into consideration some of the off-field issues he has dealt with in recent years, it’s pretty remarkable that he has been one of the better pitchers in baseball at age 37.
CC Sabathia had some words for umpire Angel Hernandez after a missed strike call in the third inning of the New York Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night.
Sabathia thought a 1-2 pitch to Justin Upton should have been called a strike. After Upton grounded out to end the inning, Sabathia cursed at Hernandez.
Sabathia said after the game that his comments to Hernandez had to do with the strike zone.
Both the Yankees and Angels seemed to be frustrated with Hernandez during the game. Making terrible calls has long been Hernandez’s specialty.
Alex Cora is feeling the effects of Wednesday’s benches-clearing brawl with the rival New York Yankees … literally.
The Boston Red Sox manager said on Thursday that he was sore from holding back Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia during the fracas, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
Though he has slimmed down in recent years, Sabathia is still officially listed at 300 pounds. Cora, who was listed at just 200 pounds during his playing career, also expressed regret for the decision in the hours after the brawl.
Indeed, Sabathia seemed like quite a terror during the skirmish as well.
The rookie manager Cora was already not pleased with what led to the brawl. His aching joints the morning after probably only heightened his disgust.
The New York Yankees acquired one of the NFL’s biggest stars on Wednesday in a trade with the Texas Rangers, and CC Sabathia seems pretty excited about it.
Right after the Yankees announced that they have traded for Russell Wilson, who was previously with the Texas Rangers, Sabathia predicted that the Seattle Seahawks quarterback is going to win two championships this upcoming season.
Wilson is expected to make a Grapefruit League appearance at some point later this month or next month. He played in 93 minor league games with the Colorado Rockies’ system over two seasons after he was selected in the fourth round of MLB’s 2010 first-year player draft, hitting .228 with five home runs in 315 at-bats.
While he has hinted that he wants to pull a Bo Jackson at some point, the idea of Wilson playing in any meaningful baseball games seems unrealistic. But as you can see, Wednesday’s big trade was a fun little storyline for guys like Sabathia.
There are still plenty of big names left to move during the MLB offseason, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen an active start to hot stove season. Many moves have already been made, and several teams have improved markedly even before Christmas.
Here are the 12 best moves of the offseason so far — moves which could pay off for their teams both immediately and down the line.
12) Nationals keep Brandon Kintzler on the cheap
The Nationals’ bullpen issues have been the stuff of legend over the last several years, so it’s huge for them to be able to retain a solid reliever in Kintzler. He helped stabilize things significantly after his acquisition last season, posting a 3.46 ERA in 26 innings. Kintzler isn’t a huge strikeout guy and he won’t overpower anyone, but he gets hitters out. The Nationals only paid $10 million over two years for his services — a relative bargain.
11) Dee Gordon could be a solution for the Mariners
The Mariners didn’t give up any high-level prospects for Gordon, which is a pretty solid deal for a career .293 hitter who won a batting title in 2015. He’s led the league in stolen bases three times as well. The big question is how he’ll adapt to a new position. The Mariners intend to move Gordon to center field to ensure that Robinson Cano can stick at second, and it’s an open question as to how that will go. If Gordon is successful in center, this move will be successful for the Mariners.
CC Sabathia is staying in New York.
The free agent starter reportedly agreed to return to the Yankees on a one-year deal worth $10 million.
The 37-year-old still got it done for the Yankees a year ago, posting a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts. He’s obviously not the pitcher he once was, but he still provides valuable innings and leadership for an otherwise young, contending squad.
While there was interest from elsewhere, Sabathia wanted to stay with New York all along. Their offseason moves likely solidified that, and this should suit everyone.
Landing Shohei Ohtani may just be the start of a big offseason for the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels have had talks with free agent pitcher CC Sabathia, according to the New York Post’s George A. King III.
Sabathia will turn 38 in July and has thrown over 3,400 innings during his career (including the postseason), so he has a lot of mileage. But he’s turned in two strong seasons in a row for the Yankees and was especially good during their playoff run. Sabathia went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 148.2 innings last season. He had a 2.37 ERA in the postseason.
Sabathia has made it clear that he would like to return to the Yankees.
Pretty much every MLB team will have to deal with the reality that a few of their players are headed to free agency. For many teams, the ability to keep all their players is just not feasible. In some cases, they will be losing role players or guys who were on short-term contracts. Others, though, are watching as franchise players and integral parts of organizations head into the free agent market, possibly for greener pastures.
Here’s a look at one important free agent from each team who played at least some part in their 2017 campaign.
Arizona Diamondbacks — J.D. Martinez, outfielder
He was only a Diamondback for a little over two months, but what an impact Martinez had. He took advantage of the friendly hitting environment to smack 29 home runs in 62 games, powering the Diamondbacks to the NLDS along the way. He’ll probably prove too expensive for Arizona to retain him, and they have bigger needs to fill anyway, but he won’t be easily forgotten. Martinez is said to be seeking a $200 million contract. Arizona will be weaker next season without his power, even if his tenure was a brief one.
Atlanta Braves — R.A. Dickey, pitcher
With only two free agents, Atlanta doesn’t have much to deal with in terms of departures. The team decided not to pick up the 43-year-old pitcher’s option for 2018, and Dickey may be considering retirement. His importance lies in the position he plays; in terms of ERA, he was the Braves’ best starting pitcher at 4.26. The Braves will be searching for someone established to replace him — their pitching disappointed last season, and they may think they have an outside chance of making a run in 2018.
Baltimore Orioles — Chris Tillman, pitcher
CC Sabathia is keeping his fingers crossed that Saturday’s heartbreaking loss to the Houston Astros wasn’t his final game with the New York Yankees.
After Sabathia took the season-ending defeat in Game 7 of the ALCS, he told reporters that he was hoping to return to the Yankees in 2018.
“I want to see this through,” said the veteran lefty, per Ashley Varela of HardballTalk. “This is where I want to play.”
Sabathia, 37, has finally reached the end of his contract with the Yankees after being with them for the last nine seasons. During his time in pinstripes, he has made three All-Star teams, led the league in wins twice, and won the World Series with them in 2009. Sabathia also had a resurgent 2017, going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA during the year before delivering some big playoff performances.
Nonetheless, Sabathia has seen a lot of age-related decline in velocity and arm strength in recent years, and the Yankees may not want to continue giving a roster spot to an old ex-workhorse. Given the ups and downs that the former Cy Young winner has endured in New York however, it would certainly be fitting for him to finish his career with the Bombers, practicality permitting.
The Major League Baseball postseason always produces superstars. Some of those who emerge are expected, while some are unlikely players who go from anonymity to household name overnight. That can happen thanks to a hot streak at the right time, a dramatic home run, a surprisingly great pitching performance, or some sterling defensive play.
Here is a list of 20 players who have been the standout players so far during the 2017 MLB playoffs.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros
The potential AL MVP had a great regular season, and that has carried over into the postseason. Altuve, for as well-known and well-respected as he is across baseball, has never really had that signature moment or stretch of performances to really establish himself as a major star. In his only previous playoff series — the 2015 ALDS against Kansas City — he went just 3-for-22.
This year, he promptly opened his postseason with a three-homer game, and he hasn’t looked back since. He hit an astonishing .533 against Boston, and has only slightly cooled in the ALCS, hitting a mere .357. He’s a superstar now, and everyone is taking notice.
Yasiel Puig, OF Dodgers
For much of his career, Puig has been better known for bat flips, off-field antics, and on-field mental errors than for star power on the field. Sure, he has always had spectacular plays in him, but it would be fair to say he had never put it all together. Not anymore.
Puig is having an absolutely dominant postseason, hitting .429 and driving in six runs in Los Angeles’s first six games. It’s too soon to say that he’s found something permanently — Puig has had hot stretches before — but if this keeps up, he’ll evolve into a superstar he once looked destined to become.