Actually I know the reason: Michael Young and Vernon Wells are good buddies who came up in the Jays system together. For what it’s worth, Wells thinks the Rangers mishandled Young’s situation:
Like Young, Wells dealt with being a frequent target of trade rumors before the Angels acquired him for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January. Both players have hefty contracts that make them more difficult to move. “I dealt with it in-house, which was the right way to do things. He’s having to deal with it, unfortunately, publicly,” Wells said. “It creates all kinds of problems. It’s been handled poorly on their end, I’ll say that.”
Yeah, it is bad that Young is having to deal with this so publicly. It’s so bad that maybe he shouldn’t have gone and told MLB.com that he felt manipulated and misled and revealed that he demanded a trade. But sadly the Rangers did … that … made him talk to …
No, I have no idea either.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Yankees have re-signed left-hander CC Sabathia to a one-year, $10 million contract. The deal does not come with options and is still pending a physical, which is expected to take place later today.
Sabathia, 37, is poised to enter his 18th season in the majors and his 10th in New York. He went 14-5 in 27 starts with the 2017 Yankees, improving on his 2016 totals with a 3.69 ERA, 3.0 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 over 148 2/3 innings. He provided a welcome boost in the playoffs, too, keeping the Yankees alive in an ALDS Game 5 clincher and returning in Game 3 of the ALCS with six shutout innings.
The Yankees weren’t Sabathia’s only suitors this winter, which comes as little surprise given the southpaw’s durability and consistency on the mound, to say nothing of the leadership role he’s assumed in the Yankees’ clubhouse. From Sabathia’s agent, Kyle Thousand (via Joel Sherman of the New York Post):
There were very competitive offers out there that really made CC take his time. In the end, he feels there’s unfinished business to attend to. Loves his teammates, clubhouse and the moves the Yankees are making this offseason. [He] wanted to come back for his 10th season with the Yankees.
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation adds that the Yankees had freed up the $10 million for Sabathia’s contract after trading Chase Headley to the Padres last Tuesday. The club is expected to continue pursuing additional pitching depth this offseason, and has been linked to names like Zack Greinke, Chris Archer and Gerrit Cole so far.