The Yankees have acquired utilityman Brent Lillibridge from the Cubs for cash considerations or a player to be named later, per the Cubs’ official Twitter. In 24 plate appearances, the 29-year-old Lillibridge was hitting — brace yourself — .042/.042/.042. In Iowa with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, where he spent most of his time, Lillibridge hit .281/.331/.425.
Having designated Reid Brignac for assignment, the Yankees were looking for another capable infielder. At this point in the season, teams are scraping the bottom of the barrel, which explains why the Yankees went after Lillibridge. Infielders Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Kevin Youkilis aren’t expected to return until after the All-Star break.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.