New York Yankees’ veteran left-hander C.C. Sabathia has reportedly told of his plans to continue his career in 2018.
The impending free agent who is now 37-years-old might well have taken the mound as a Yankee pitcher for the last time on Saturday, a game in which he tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings of four-hit, six-strikeout ball in a win over the Blue Jays.
It remains to see whether New York can put away Minnesota in Tuesday’s AL wild-card game and advance to the offseason. If they do this could certainly help determine if Sabathia will get to throw the ball again as a Yankee.
Sabathia, who is certainly high on the list as a potential Hall of Famer, was instrumental in the team’s regular-season success. His season saw a pitching average of 3.69 ERA over 148 2/3 innings. Although Sabathia wasn’t lights out when it came to strikeout and walk numbers (7.26 K/9, 3.03 BB/9), he certainly helped offset that by logging a groundball percentage of 49.9 and was the majors’ sixth-best hard contact rate among starters with at least 140 frames.
It could be that the Yankees and Sabathia may part ways in the offseason, but don’t be surprised if you see the team re-sign the fan favourite – especially considering fellow starters Masahiro Tanaka and Jaime Garcia could hit the market and leave the clubhouse once the season is over.