CC Sabathia didn't want to go anywhere else

J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia

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The 38-year-old Sabathia, who will return for his 11th season with the Yankees, has turned into a reliable five-inning pitcher, ideal for the back end of a rotation NY is hoping to fill via free agency or trade. "That seems to be a yearly effort".

"These are known commodities", Yankees GM Cashman said this week about players like Sabathia and Gardner.

"Seeing Happ up close and being a teammate, he is a good example for the young guys on the team, " Sabathia said of Happ, who went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 regular-season starts following a trade from the Blue Jays. "Obviously nothing to speak for that as of yet but he's been a great Yankees and he has some time on the clock still". It remains to be seen if it's with us or not. Trust me. I think he's a heck of a pitcher.

Fresh off re-signing veteran starter CC Sabathia, the New York Yankees are still looking for starting pitching help. Sabathia made 29 starts in 2018, going 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA. Those three are the only locks for New York's rotation next season.

It was reported earlier in the week that the Yankees were interested in trading for former Cy Young victor Corey Kluber.

"I'm not going to say who and when but we will make sure we check every box in terms of what's available and the cost associated with what's available in both marketplaces, free agency and trades", Cashman said, according to NJ Advance Media's Brendan Kuty.

The Yankees acquired Gray from the Athletics at the 2017 trade deadline.

"At this stage of the game, we should know sooner or later whether we'll be able to agree on something or not", Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said earlier Tuesday. As a Yankee in the postseason, Sabathia is 8-4 with a 3.45 ERA (104.1IP, 40ER) in 19 appearances (18 starts). The team is also interested in Seattle Mariners ace James Paxton as the Pacific Northwest team embarks on what might be a winter fire sale. His new deal boosts his pay from NY to $229 million. "I don't feel like we can go through the same exercise and expect different results".

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