Tag: CC Sabathia

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CC Sabathia to make Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday


Masahiro Tanaka had a successful spring debut on Thursday night and the Yankees are hoping for something similar with CC Sabathia. According to Andrew Simon of MLB.com, the veteran southpaw has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

This will be Sabathia’s first game action since last May 10. The 34-year-old southpaw was limited to just eight games last season due to a right knee injury which eventually required surgery, but he hasn’t had any issues this spring and made it through 29-pitch simulated game against Yankees minor leaguers on Thursday.

While Sabathia showed up to spring training last year noticeably slim at 275 pounds, he reported to camp this year at 305 pounds and believes it will be better for him. He’s dealing with a chronic knee condition and his velocity has been in decline for quite some time, so who knows if he can be anything close to the pitcher we have seen in the past, but the Yankees would probably be happy if he just gets back to eating innings in the middle of their rotation.

CC Sabathia showed up to camp weighing 305 pounds

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia bucked spring tradition in which every player shows up to spring training and announces, “I’m in the best shape of my life.” The veteran left-hander came in at a robust 305 pounds, as ESPN’s Wallace Matthews reports.

Sabathia showed up 30 pounds lighter to spring training last year but felt he was “a little too light”. This spring, he’s 10 pounds heavier than normal. It could help stave off his declining fastball velocity, which fell below 89 MPH on average last season before he hit the disabled list with a right knee injury in May. Sabathia underwent knee surgery in July.

Now 34 years old, Sabathia has had a rough two years, owning a 4.87 ERA in 257 innings since the start of the 2013 season. Though Sabathia admitted he’ll likely never completely overcome his degenerative knee condition, he’ll try to be productive in the middle of the Yankees’ starting rotation behind Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda.

CC Sabathia hopes to get back to being a workhorse in 2015

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CC Sabathia amassed at least 200 innings in seven consecutive seasons from 2007-2013, but he made just eight starts last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right knee in July. He’s hoping to get back to being a workhorse in 2015.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Sabathia told ESPN that everything continues to go well in his rehab and he’s ready to report to spring training next week. The veteran southpaw also stated that he has a goal of making 30 starts this season.

“That was the shortest year, having my year cut short by injury last year,” Sabathia said. “Hopefully this year I can go out and try to make 30 starts and just be healthy and try to help the team win.”

Sabathia managed to avoid a serious microfracture surgery, but he still had a bone spur removed and was told by doctors that his knee will never be 100 percent for the rest of his playing career. As a result, his knee will require constant maintenance moving forward. He had a stem cell injection last August and will have his knee drained regularly and receive platelet-rich plasma injections. That’s not the rosiest scenario for someone who is owed $48 million over the next two seasons with a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017.

Sabathia, 34, owns a 4.87 ERA in 40 starts dating back to the start of 2013 and his velocity has declined along with it. The Yankees can’t count on him as a frontline starter at this point, but if he can adjust to his new normal and get back to his inning-eating ways, they would probably be pretty happy with that.

CC Sabathia likely to begin bullpen sessions this month

New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Minnesota Twins

Yankees starter CC Sabathia says his knee feels fine and he’s likely to begin throwing bullpens at the end of January, reports Mitch Abramson of the New York Daily News. Sabathia underwent right knee surgery in July. The lefty added, “I feel good, I don’t have any pain, no nothing. My arm feels good.”

Sabathia, 34, posted a 5.28 ERA over eight starts before hitting the disabled list in mid-May. He’ll earn $23 million this season, $25 million in 2016, and has a $25 million vesting option with a $5 million buyout for 2017. He expects to show up at spring training on schedule with the rest of his teammates.

Thought experiment: How many MLB teams would wipe the slate clean?

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Baseball news is slowing down for Thanksgiving and for some reason this idea randomly popped into my head while on Twitter, so I figured I’d ask it here: How many MLB teams, if given the option, would say yes to being taken off the hook for all guaranteed contracts currently on their books?

In other words, all or nothing. Wipe the slate clean. Every player signed for guaranteed money is no longer on your team and you’re no longer responsible for their contract. You get to keep all players not signed to specific, non-minimum salaried contracts, which means pre-arbitration eligible players basically.

For instance, my beloved Twins would wipe six players off their books: Joe Mauer, Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Glen Perkins, Kurt Suzuki, and Mike Pelfrey. Hughes would hurt a lot, since he was great in 2014 and is reasonably priced, but Mauer, Nolasco, and Pelfrey would be easy calls to jettison. Overall the Twins would probably be better off with a clean slate.

Another example is the Yankees, who’d be wiping these players off their books: Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez, Masahiro Tanaka, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner, Martin Prado, Brendan Ryan, Chris Young. Obviously some of those would hurt, but as a whole the Yankees would seemingly jump at that chance to wipe the slate clean.

Which other teams would do the same?