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CC Sabathia takes role as special adviser with Yankees

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Per YES Network, former pitcher CC Sabathia has joined the Yankees’ front office as a special adviser.

Sabathia, 39, retired at the end of the 2019 season. He suffered a left shoulder subluxation in the final start of his career, Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros.

The lefty spent 19 seasons in the majors, 11 of which were with the Yankees as well as seven and a half with the Indians and a half-season with the Brewers. Overall, he went 251-161 with a 3.74 ERA and 3,093 strikeouts over 3,577 1/3 innings.

Sabathia is tied with Bob Gibson for 47th on the all-time leaderboard for wins. He’s 16th in strikeouts and is one of only 18 pitchers in the 3,000 strikeout club.

Reds sign Nicholas Castellanos to a four-year deal

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed outfielder Nicholas Castellanos to a multi-year deal. That’s the report from C. Trent Rosecrans and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Jon Morosi of MLB.com was the first to report the Reds as frontrunners. The deal is pending a physical. UPDATE: The deal is four years. Financial terms have yet to be reported.

With Castellanos in the fold the Reds are going to have a lot of outfielders when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton already on the roster. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps taking over short from Freddy Galvis, who could be dealt. Alternatively, the Reds could trade from their newfound outfield surplus.

Castellanos, however, will have left field to himself. While he’s shaky at best with the glove, he had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power.

Now that he’ll be playing in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.