Sabathia went 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts previous year for a 100-win NY club that lost in the American League Division Series to the Boston Red Sox. Over a 19-year career, Sabathia has racked up almost 3,500 innings, with 2,986 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA. He missed a $500,000 performance bonus by two innings when he was ejected in his last regular-season start for hitting Tampa Bay's Jesus Sucre after Rays pitcher Andrew Kittredge threw up-and-in to Austin Romine. The left-hander has been productive when healthy over the last three seasons, pitching to a 3.53 ERA.
Needless to say, Cashman and Co. recognize that starting pitching is a major need fresh off a 100-win season that saw NY put up historic numbers on offense.
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According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports, the team is seeking two new starters in either free agency or the trade market. "I think he'd like to stay and we'd like to keep him but it's a free market and that complicates things at times". It's rare that it derails deals, but we've seen it happen before. Severino was one of MLB's best pitchers from 2017 through the first half of 2018, but he struggled mightily after the All-Star break.
Cashman has said starting pitching would be a Yankees priority this off-season, and last week, a team source told the Daily News the team would strongly pursue Patrick Corbin, a 29-year-old free agent righty who went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 200 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. He's given up three earned runs in 25 playoff innings since a year ago.
"I'll play anywhere, " he said before the Yankees were eliminated by the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS "I still want to pitch". Sabathia won the World Series with NY in 2009.