George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Angels have had discussions with free agent lefty C.C. Sabathia.
Sabathia had a nice bounce back year in 2017, going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and a 120/50 K/BB ratio across 148.2 innings at age 37. He was strong in the postseason as well. The Yankees are reported to want him back and, as far as is known publicly, Sabathia isn’t interested in finding a new club, so perhaps this is just a leverage move. Then again, the Angels have been pretty darn busy this offseason, re-signing Justin Upton to a long-term deal and signing Shohei Ohtani, so maybe they’re serious in pursuit of the 37-year-old Sabathia.
It’d be interesting to see if, in the event Sabathia did go to Anaheim, the New York press ran with the same, provincial angle about Sabathia being “afraid” to play in New York that they did with Ohtani.