Despite speaking with both the Angels and the Blue Jays, Sabathia had made it known that he wanted to return to the Yankees and remain with his family in the NY area.
Saturday's move wasn't quite one of them.
The Yankees have also been connected to Detroit's Michael Fuller, Arizona's Patrick Corbin and Kansas City's Danny's Duffy. And sure enough, that's exactly what they did. The deal does not come with options and is still pending a physical, which is expected to take place later today.
Sabathia was a prime candidate to return to the Yankees this offseason.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have re-signed left-hander CC Sabathia to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Over nine seasons in the Bronx, the six-time All-Star compiled a 120-73 record, pitching to a 3.75 ERA during his long-term deal with the Yankees. While he was reportedly in talks with the Angels, he won't be heading back to his home state of California.
More rotation stability: The Yankees went into the winter with an open spot in their rotation.
In 10 starts following a Yankees loss in the 2017 regular season, Sabathia was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA.
A good fit: Sabathia, 37, wasn't just an effective pitcher last season. And when you can get that out of your fourth starter, that's all you can ask for. 4 or 5 slots, alongside Jordan Montgomery and behind Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray.
If the Yankees can grab either Fulmer or Cole, the latter looking more likely than the former, then their rotation looks extremely formidable.
With that said, Sabathia's goals to win another title are about as legitimate as possible with this Yankee team. And this past season, was one of the main ingredients to their ALCS run, including a dominant showing in the Game 5 clincher against Cleveland.