When LHP CC Sabathia‘s contract expires at the end of the 2017 season, the New York Yankees will reportedly consider bringing him back.
Left-handed starter CC Sabathia‘s contract with the New York Yankees will expire at the end of the 2017 season and the organization “will consider” bringing him back for 2018, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
New York extended the 37-year-old to a contract when he was presumably going to opt-out of his seven-year, $161 million contract in 2011, keeping him on the books through the current season.
Sabathia leads active Major League pitchers in strikeouts (2,816), complete games (38) and quality starts (299) as well as second in wins (233), innings pitched (3,283.2) and starts (503). While the $25 million is overpaid for the pitcher he is now, he is certainly serviceable for any ballclub.
In 21 starts in his 17th season, the southpaw is 10-5 with a 3.82 ERA — his lowest since 2012 — including 90 strikeouts in 115.1 innings of work. He is also 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA (56.1IP, 9ER) in nine starts following a Yankees’ loss this season, proving to be a bonafide show-stopper and leader when his team needs him the most.
All things considered, there’s no surprise that general manager Brian Cashman is considering another year for Sabathia. Luis Severino, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery are the only starters guaranteed to return. Bringing back a quality arm that won’t be long-term or break the bank will be perfect for a Yankees team that still likes the leadership he brings.