This is pretty shocking news: Ken Rosenthal reports that CC Sabathia underwent angioplasty on December 11. He had the procedure — which is where doctors insert a stent to open an artery — after experiencing chest pain, acid reflux and an unusual amount of sweating while exercising. Doctors decided to go with the procedure after he struggled to complete a stress test.
Rosenthal says that Sabathia’s prognosis is excellent, both short- and long-term, and that he is expected to report to spring training as scheduled in mid-February. It’s a good thing this was caught when it was, obviously, as he was a strong candidate for a heart attack otherwise.
Sabathia signed a one-year, $8 million contract to return to the Yankees earlier this offseason. Most suspect that 2019 will be his last season in the bigs. Here’s hoping his recovery goes well enough to where it’s a complete and successful season.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.