Sabathia agrees to $8M deal to stay with Yankees


NY and the 38-year-old left-hander have agreed to a one-year deal, the team announced Wednesday. In a video with podcast co-host Ryan Ruocco, Sabathia said he was "excited" to finish his career with NY.

Sabathia's desire to stay in NY for what's expected to be his final season was apparent, as he turned down other opportunities to remain a Yankee, the source said. His new deal boosts his pay from NY to $229 million.

Sabathia took a cut to $10 million this year.

In 10 years with the Yankees, Sabathia is 129-80 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.264 WHIP in 1810.2 innings pitched.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has often implied that the team will continue its bargaining in the upcoming season, and his recent comments all but solidify that idea.

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"Well, we're going to try to sign him, " Cashman said. Voit, acquired from St. Louis on July 28, hit.333 with 14 homers and 33 RBIs in 39 games.

Said Cashman: "He's been a great Yankee and he has some time on the clock still".

"Somebody's earned that right and somebody because of injuries has been derailed for a period of time, but I do think that Birdy will benefit from time off and he will have a chance to resuscitate and prove himself".

A team official confirmed to the Daily News that the sides were "close" to agreeing to the deal, which would return to the fold two of the three remaining Yankees who had been members of the 2009 World Championship team. After that, Sonny Gray is likely to be traded soon. "I think the hunger and the effort, the passion's there, despite the terrible outcome that took place in the World Series this year".

"I love it here obviously", Sabathia said.