Yankees re-sign LHP CC Sabathia to one-year contract
Sabathia, 38, has spent 10 seasons with the Yankees (2009-18), going 129-80 with a 3.74 ERA (1,810.2IP, 752ER) in 284 starts. On the Yankees' all-time franchise lists, he ranks fourth in strikeouts (1,593), seventh in starts, 11th in wins and 12th in innings pitched. He has made the second-most starts by a Yankees pitcher who began his Major League career with another team, trailing only Hall of Famer Red Ruffing (391). Sabathia is one of 15 pitchers to pitch in at least 10 seasons with the Yankees, and only OF Brett Gardner (11 seasons since 2008) has a longer continuous tenure among current Yankees. As a Yankee in the postseason, Sabathia is 8-4 with a 3.45 ERA (104.1IP, 40ER) in 19 appearances (18 starts).
In 2018, Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA (153.0IP, 62ER) in 29 starts with the Yankees, producing his lowest ERA since 2012 (3.38). The season marked his third straight with a sub-4.00 ERA after recording ERAs above 4.50 all three seasons from 2013-15.
Since making his Major League debut in 2001, Sabathia has a 246-153 (.617) record with a 3.70 ERA and 2,986K in 538 career starts, making him the active leader in strikeouts, innings pitched (3,470.0) and complete games (38, tied), while ranking second in wins and starts to Bartolo Colon (247-188 in 565 games/552 starts).
He has pitched in 18 Major League seasons (2001-18), and is one of four players - and the only pitcher - to appear in each Major League season since 2001, joining Adrian Beltré, Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki. He is one of 17 pitchers all-time - and the only active pitcher - to make at least 25 starts in 17-or-more seasons (2001-13, '15-18).
The Vallejo, Calif., native ranks 17th on Baseball's all-time strikeouts list, and needs 14 more strikeouts to become the 17th member of the 3,000-strikeout club; 14 of the 16 current members are in the Hall of Fame. He is a six-time All-Star (2003-04, '07, '10-12) and won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award as a member of the Cleveland Indians, going 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 209K.
Sabathia was originally signed by the Yankees as a free agent to a seven-year contract on December 20, 2008. Following the 2011 season, he agreed to a one-year extension for the 2016 season with an additional vesting club option for 2017. He signed a one-year contract for the 2018 season in December 2017.
With his wife, Amber, he established the PitCCh In Foundation in 2009, which is committed to the care and needs of inner-city children while helping to raise self-esteem through sports activities and education. In 2018, Sabathia was the Yankees' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, his third career nomination (also 2011 and '14). The award is given annually to the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.