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CC Sabathia eyes front-office role with Yankees following 2019 retirement

The 2019 season might be CC Sabathia's last as a big-league pitcher, but his time with the New York Yankees organization could potentially continue beyond the end of this year.

Sabathia, currently playing out his final season before calling it a career after 19 years in the Majors, told reporters on Tuesday that he has been in touch with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman about a potential front-office role with the team following this season.

"I definitely want to be around the Yankees for years to come," Sabathia said, adding that he would be willing to start "as soon as possible."

The veteran pitcher and former Cy Young winner is in Cleveland for All-Star Week, where he'll be honored for his contributions to the game in the city where his Hall of Fame career began.

Sabathia could join the ranks of fellow ex-Yankees like Alex Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran to serve as a special assistant or advisor to the club, and insists that 2019 will definitely be his final year as a player.

CC voiced his desire to remain around Yankee Stadium and the MLB club next season, and considering his achievements both on and off the field while playing for the Yankees, he seems like a more than worthy candidate for that type of role.

Before he determines the specifics of his post-playing career in the Bronx, the 38-year-old lefty will look to close out his final season on a high note. Through 14 starts this season, CC has gone 5-4 with a 4.03 ERA and 71 strikeouts over 76 innings.

The veteran hurler has also eclipsed both 3,000 career strikeouts and 250 career wins this season, further strengthening his Hall of Fame résumé.

Stay tuned for more on Sabathia's All-Star week and what might be next for the former World Series champion.