Cashman: Yankees Want To Bring Back Sabathia, Happ

Sonny Gray

Sabathia's desire to stay in NY for what's expected to be his final season was apparent, as he turned down other opportunities to remain a Yankee, the source said. Trust me. I think he's a heck of a pitcher.

NY finished with a rotation of right-handers Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Lance Lynn along with left-handers Sabathia and Happ. In each of their three losses to the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, the Yankees' starter didn't pitch more than three innings.

"He's been a great Yankee and he has some time on the clock still".

"I think we'll just gravitate to anything that will make sense", Cashman said Monday at the start of the 2018 General Manager Meetings, via mlb.com. A right-hander who turns 29 this week, Gray bristled at the rough reception by Yankees fans. "So he put himself in a good position as a free agent". While the team could enter the 2019 Major League Baseball season with one of the two big bats on their roster, general manager Brian Cashman has made it clear that the organization's primary goal is to improve the starting rotation.

Only Severino and Tanaka are due back, and Cashman is expected to pursue a group of free-agent pitchers that also include left-handers Patrick Corbin and Dallas Keuchel.

"It's been a year-and-a-half, I'm not going to be Sisyphus pushing the rock up a hill and having it roll back on top of me", Cashman said.

The Yankees are also interested in signing J.A. Happ, who went 7-0 with a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts for them after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays at last season's trade deadline. "It will lead us eventually to a conclusion".

"It all depends on the price point", he said.

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