Sabathia, 37, will return for his tenth season in pinstripes after testing the open market and reportedly discussing deals with the Angels and Blue Jays. The veteran became a priority for the Yankees once they acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins and turned their attention to rotation additions.
Sabathia will re-join Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery in a Yankees rotation that could still add a big fish like Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole or Detroit’s Michael Fulmer in a trade. The $10 million that New York will spend on him was made available by the club’s trade of Chase Headley to the Padres during this week’s winter meetings.
Sabathia had a bounce-back year for the Bombers in 2017, working to a 14-5 record and 3.69 ERA in 148.2 innings. He’s a veteran of 17 major-league seasons, owning a Cy Young award and six All-Star appearances along with a World Series title in that span.