Sa­bathia seals deal with NY for swan song sea­son

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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.

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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.”

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