Sabathia seals deal with NY for swan song season
CC Sabathia says 2019 will be his final season in the major leagues.
“This will be it,” the 38-year-old left-hander said in a video posted on Twitter on Wednesday after the New York Yankees finalized his $8 million, one-year contract.
Sabathia and the team had reached the agreement Tuesday, subject to a successful physical.
A six-time All-Star and the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts this year. He had surgery on his right knee after the 2010 season, in July 2014, after the 2016 season and again last month. Sabathia pitches with a brace on the knee and needs periodic injections there during the season.
Braves: Shortstop Dansby Swanson is expected to be ready for spring training after surgery on his left wrist. The 24-year-old hit .238 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 136 games last season. He was left off the NL Division Series roster after tearing a ligament in his left hand. Cubs: Addison Russell’s future with the Cubs has been in doubt since he went on administrative leave in September after his former wife made public her allegations of domestic abuse.
The Cubs never have shut the door on keeping Russell, even after Major League Baseball levied a 40-game suspension retroactive to Sept. 21 after the Cubs lost their wildcard playoff game.
Some believe his reputation has been too tarnished for the Cubs to keep him, and expect a trade of the 24-year-old shortstop this offseason.
But Russell’s agent, Scott Boras, said he believes the Cubs will bring him back in 2019.
“We’re communicating closely with the Cubs and Addison is working on his therapy,” he said. “And going forward the team is clearly in line and directly involved with Addison, and I have no expectation otherwise.”