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Yankees make it official with CC

Posted By Chad Jennings On October 31, 2011 @ 9:23 pm In Misc | 160 Comments

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Here’s the official press release from the Yankees, with a comment from general manager Brian Cashman. 

The New York Yankees announced today that they have agreed to a contract extension with LHP CC Sabathia. The original contract, which had four years remaining on it through 2015, will have a fifth-year extension for 2016 and a vesting club option for a sixth season in 2017.

Sabathia, 31, has played three seasons with the Yankees since joining the club as a free agent prior to 2009 season, going 59-23 with a 3.18 ERA (705.0IP, 249ER). Over that span, he has won at least 19 games each season, becoming the first Major Leaguer with three straight 19-win seasons since Randy Johnson (2000-02) and just the fourth Yankee in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Vic Raschi (four straight, 1948-51), Red Ruffing (4, 1936-39) and Jack Chesboro (4, 1903-06).

“CC is the ace of our pitching staff, a leader in our clubhouse and a driving force for the Yankees in our community,” said Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman. “He is exactly the type player and person that Yankees fans and this organization can be proud of. We are excited that he will be wearing the pinstripes for many years to come.”

In 2011, Sabathia went 19-8 (.704) with a 3.00 ERA (237.1IP, 79ER, 230H, 61BB, 230K) in 33 starts. He ranked among the leaders in wins (second in AL, tied for fourth in Majors); strikeouts (second in AL, fourth in Majors); innings pitched (fourth in AL, tied for fourth in Majors); and winning percentage (fourth in AL, eighth in Majors).

As a Yankee in the postseason, Sabathia is 5-1 with a 3.54 ERA (61.0IP, 24ER) in 11 appearances (including 10 starts). He made five starts in the 2009 postseason, going 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA (36.1IP, 8ER), as the Yankees won the 27th championship in franchise history.

Since his debut in 2001, Sabathia, has 176-96 (.647) record with a 3.51 ERA in 355 career starts, marking the most wins in the Majors. Over the same span, he is second in innings pitched (2,364.1) and strikeouts (2,017), tied for second in shutouts (12), and third in complete games (33) and starts. He is a five-time All-Star (2003-04, ’07, ’10-11) and won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award as a member of the Cleveland Indians, going 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 209K.

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