Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sabathia agrees to $8M deal to stay with Yankees

Sabathia agrees to $8M deal to stay with Yankees

He is 246-153 in 18 major league seasons with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986 strikeouts, including 129-80 in a decade with the Yankees. "I think he'd like to stay and we'd like to keep him but it's a free market and that complicates things at times". In a video with podcast co-host Ryan Ruocco, Sabathia said he was "excited" to finish his career with NY.

If the Yankees are able to add two from a group of Kluber, Paxton and Corbin, they would certainly narrow the gap between themselves and the defending champion Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

"He's been a great Yankee and he has some time on the clock still".

"These are known commodities", Cashman said.

An ejection in his final start of the regular season cost Sabathia a $500,000 bonus that he would have earned for reaching 155 innings pitched. The third, David Robertson, remains unsigned as a free agent.

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"At this stage of the game, we should know sooner or later whether we'll be able to agree on something or not", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had said earlier Tuesday. Still, it feels pretty safe to assume Sabathia returns to the Yankees next year on this deal.

"The game's evolved to the point where people can see what the real numbers are behind the numbers and the recognition that whoever winds up acquiring Sonny Gray is going to acquire someone that's going to be the player, the pitcher he was more with Oakland", Cashman said.

J.A. Happ pitches against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 14, 2018. "We have (Luis Severino) and (Masahiro) Tanaka locked in". "And so we're very active in those discussions".

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the team is seeking two new starters in either free agency or the trade market.

"It all depends on the price point", he said.

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