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2019 1B Dilemma: Bird, Voit, or someone else?

The Yankees have failed to solidify the first base position ever since Mark Teixeira retired after the 2016 season. Over the last three seasons, New York has gotten nowhere near the production the 2015 All-Star Teixeira gave them. That year, he slashed .255/.357/.548 with 22 doubles, 31 home runs, and 79 RBI before his season was cut short to a broken leg.
Many believed 2011 fifth-round pick Greg Bird was the solution at first base as he tore up the minors in 2013-2015, leading to a mid-August call up to the bigs in 2015. Bird started 44 games in August and September amid some Teixeira injuries, and he hit .261 with 11 homers and 30 RBI.

Yankees bring back CC Sabathia on a one year deal

As first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees agreed to terms with veteran LHP CC Sabathia on a one-year, $8 million contract. The contract includes no incentives. 2019 will be Sabathia’s 19th season in the big leagues, and his 11th in pinstripes. He is coming off a campaign where he finished with a 9-7 record to go with a 3.65 ERA, his lowest since 2012.


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Credit: Charles Wenzelberg/NY Post 



During a Facebook Live interview with Brandon Steiner last week, Sabathia stated that the 2019 season would be his last. Although other teams had interest in the lefty, there was never a desire to test the free agent waters. CC has repeatedly vocalized his desire to retire with the Yankees.

In addition to competing for his second World Series ring, Sabathia has a chance to notch two big personal achievements in what should ultimately be a Hall of Fame career. He is 4 wins away from reaching 250 victories, and 14 strikeouts away from becoming only the 17th pitcher ever to sit down 3,000 batters.

Article by Dan DeGregorio 

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  1. I've seen CC Sabathia pitch a couple dozen times at least. Never once did I feel that was not money well spent. He's still as entertaining as ever and he can keep a team in a game. Lots of respect to a solid veteran I think this is a good signing for the Yankees and CC can slot right in in the number 5 spot in the rotation - which is precisely where a guy at his stage of his career probably belongs.

    Where are Yankee fans don't want to see him is as the number three starter on next year's team.

    I think that's where most people opposed to re-signing him were kind of thinking he'd be.

    I'm not sure if people realize the Yankees would slide him in in the Five Spot, where he'd be an asset.

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