CC Sabathia’s one-year contract with the Yankees for 2018 includes performance bonuses that can earn the lefthander an additional $2 million.
Sabathia, 37, can earn $500,000 each for pitching 155, 165, 175 and 185 innings this season, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. The Yankees officially announced last month that he had signed a one-year contract. A source confirmed to Newsday that he will make $10 million for 2018, but he can earn as much as $12 million by reaching 185 innings.
Sabathia hasn’t pitched as many as 185 innings since 2013, when he reached 211.
Sabathia went 18-26 with a 4.42 ERA from 2014-16 as he battled right knee issues but had a resurgent season in 2017. He pitched 148 2⁄3 innings last season and was 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA, his lowest ERA since 2012. He also went 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in four postseason outings in 2017, including ALCS Game 7 against the Astros.
Sabathia was an important veteran presence in a young clubhouse last season. “CC was great,” managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said after Aaron Boone was introduced as the Yankees’ new manager last month. “Clearly, CC was an incredible leader in the clubhouse. The players really looked up to him. He was the true kind of veteran presence that you need.”
If the Yankees don’t make any additions to the starting rotation, Sabathia will join Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery.