Jake Odorizzi has yet to pitch since being called up by the Royals over the weekend, but it sounds like the 22-year-old top prospect will make his big-league debut Sunday.
Initially manager Ned Yost discussed easing Odorizzi into the mix with some relief work, but Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that he’s likely to start against the Indians in what will be the Royals’ final home game of the season. And if things go well that would line him up to potentially make a second start during the final week.
Odorizzi was acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade and rated among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects for both last season and this season. He split this year between Double-A and Triple-A, throwing 145 innings with a 3.03 ERA and 135/50 K/BB ratio.
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.