Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball has done what Major League Baseball and Fox did not do: he created an “In Memoriam” reel for all of the baseball figures who passed away between the 2013 and 2014 All-Star Games. It’s very well done:
I did not check to see if anyone was missed, but if so, I don’t think it detracts too much. Even the Oscars one misses people from time to time. But hell, this one has deep cuts like Gates Brown on it, so I’m guessing it’s pretty complete.
I’m also guessing that Fox and/or MLB will start doing this either at the World Series or the All-Star Game next year in light of all of the criticism they have received this week. Which, OK, cool. As long as it’s simple, short and straight-forward like this and isn’t just another vehicle for a Joe Buck voiceover and a sponsorship mention or a too-conspicuous-by-half shoutout to MLB’s philanthropic efforts.
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.