Jorge De La Rosa “well ahead of schedule” coming back from Tommy John surgery

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Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in late May and definitely won’t be ready anywhere near Opening Day, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that he’s “well ahead of schedule in his recovery.”

Of course, De La Rosa lied to the Rockies while trying to pitch through the pain for weeks, so his health updates may not be the most reliable. Either way, so far so good about nine months into what’s typically at minimum a 12-month recovery.

Renck also notes that De La Rosa is all but certain to exercise his $11 million option for 2013, although for some odd reason the Rockies beat writer refers to it as “the only positive of De La Rosa’s injury.” Positive from the pitcher’s point of view, sure, but there’s no way the Rockies would exercise the same option if given the choice.

Yankees sign CC Sabathia to one-year, $10 million deal

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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.