J.A. Happ pitches against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 14, 2018. NYY meeting with at least Indians today.
Sabathia signed a $161 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees before the 2009 season and led NY to its first World Series title since 2000, then used the leverage of an opt-out provision after the 2011 season to get a new deal that added a $25 million salary for 2016 with a $25 million team option for 2017. The demand for Carrasco would be high, as well, considering he's owed less than $20 million over the next two years and has posted ERAs of 3.32, 3.29 and 3.38 in the last three years.
In 10 years with the Yankees, Sabathia is 129-80 with a 3.74 ERA and 1.264 WHIP in 1810.2 innings pitched.
According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the team is seeking two new starters in either free agency or the trade market. I need to, I think, add multiple. Trust me. I think he's a heck of a pitcher. It's rare that it derails deals, but we've seen it happen before.
After paying luxury tax for 15 straight years, a total of $341 million, the Yankees dropped below the threshold for the first time in 2018, when Boston took over as baseball's biggest spender for the first time since records began in the free-agent era. After that, Sonny Gray is likely to be traded soon.
It was an easy reunion for the Yankees and their big lefty, who made it clear on the eve of the team's Game 4 loss in the ALDS that NY was where he wanted to be.