The New York Yankees, at the moment at least, still have an open spot in their rotation. Anything can happen to head into and at the Winter Meetings but there’s a very valuable option out there. CC Sabathia’s contract expired last season and the Yankees’ top priority should be to bring him back.
At 37 years old, Sabathia won’t be lighting up the gun like he used to. However, in his last six starts, Sabathia was 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. He pitched well in the playoffs as well, giving up just five runs and striking out 19 in as many innings.
All-in-all, the 17-year-veteran put together the best season since his 2012 All-Star campaign. His 14 wins were tied for best on the team, while his 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP ranked second and third, respectively. CC isn’t the 200 strikeout pitcher he was in the past, but he still has plenty to offer. He would be a veteran in the clubhouse.
It’s no secret that having one of those is essential. For a young team like the Yankees, a veteran leader goes a long way. Guys like Brett Gardner, Chase Headley, and Todd Frazier, as well as Sabathia, proved it last year. Aside from Gardner, Sabathia is the longest tenured Yankee. He knows what it means to wear the pinstripes and can share that with the team’s incoming young talent.
Sabathia has been open about his interest in returning to the Bronx. He’s said he wants the opportunity to win at whatever cost. CC’s even gone as far as saying he wouldn’t mind being used as part of a six-man rotation. Roc Nation is the company that represents him. They are owned by legendary rapper Jay-Z. They are out of New York City.
In today’s game, pitching depth is important. Resigning CC would assure that all five starters from last year are back and the rotation full. If Sabathia were to resign, the rotation would look the same as it did last season. That is, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Sabathia, and Jordan Montgomery.
The Yankees have already crossed two big things off their to-do list. They brought back Tanaka to help stabilize the rotation and finally chose Aaron Boone as their new manager. While they may be out of the Ohtani sweepstakes, there are still plenty of options. Of all that is available, Sabathia makes the most sense, and the Yankees should focus on bringing the veteran back.