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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

Yankees resign CC Sabathia

Earlier news broke by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the New York Yankees have resigned CC Sabathia to a one-year deal worth $10 million. Sabathia has been with the Yanks since 2009 when he inked a seven-year, $161 million deal. He's been the veteran pitching staff leader, a role that was once filled by fellow southpaw, Andy Pettite. In 2018, Sabathia will provide veteran leadership for rookie manager Aaron Boone and a young Yankee roster.
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Sabathia, 37, was the stopper for the Bombers in 2017 going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 27 starts. He was picked as the starter for the Yankees in game five of the ALDS in Cleveland, as well as for game seven of the ALCS. The Yankees relied heavily on Sabathia, so it is no surprise that they elected to bring him back. And Brian Cashman may not be done just yet.

The Bombers are reportedly still talking to Pittsburgh about Gerrit Cole, but those talks may be dying out soon. CC’s resigning gives the Yankees five starters.

Article by: Matthew Donovan

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