New York Yankees veteran lefty CC Sabathia firmly believes Brian Cashman and company engineered an “underrated” offseason of transactions.
Throw a burly veteran southpaw into the category of those who believe the New York Yankees put forth an excellent effort this baseball offseason.
“We’ve done some good things, I think. I think the (James) Paxton move gets overlooked just because it was so early in the offseason. Nobody really talks about us signing that guy — I mean, or trading for that guy — I mean, that guy could win the Cy Young. He’s got that type of stuff. So, you know, adding him with Sevy and Tanaka, I mean it’s going to be huge.
“I think our moves are very underrated. You know what I’m saying? But I think it’s been some good moves. And I don’t think we needed much. It’s already a really good team that went to the ALCS.”
With pitchers and catchers nearing a return to work—Tampa, Florida, to gear up for the commencement of Grapefruit League play—Sabathia relayed a firm message to fans.
The New York Yankees are much better now as opposed to the end of the 2018 campaign.
Sabathia, 38, put forth a surprisingly workmanlike season last summer. Finishing 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA, 1.314 WHIP, and 140 strikeouts in 153 innings allowed the Bombers to count their blessing in regards to the 2009 World Series champ.
Entering his 11th season in the Bronx, Sabathia has over-delivered on the megabucks dished out initially as well as subsequently.
While Cashman is rumored to hold an interest in free-agent pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Ervin Santana, and Wade Miley (prior to his recent agreement with the Houston Astros) he at least knows CC Sabathia will provide his fair share of innings in 2019.