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Joe Girardi: “Fair to say” CC Sabathia won’t pitch again this season

Jul 4, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

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Following the latest setback in CC Sabathia‘s recovery from knee problems Yankees manager Joe Girardi admitted to reporters that it’s “fair to say” the former Cy Young winner won’t pitch again this season.

That comes after news that Sabathia needed his knee drained of fluid and is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews following a minor-league rehab start in which he struggled on the mound and then later experienced knee swelling.

Sabathia is being paid $23 million this season and is owed at least another $23 million in 2015 and $25 million in 2016, plus a $5 million buyout of a vesting 2018 option. Dating back to the beginning of last season he has a 4.87 ERA in 40 starts, the last of which came on May 10.

Microfracture surgery may be required for Sabathia, who’ll turn 34 years old later this month.

  1. El Pollo Loco - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Lose 70 pounds fatty

    • mazblast - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      He lost a lot of weight last off-season and reported in the BSOHL. It certainly paid off.

  2. drewzducks - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    “Never saw this coming.” Said by no one.

  3. Lee Durocher - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Unbelievable, well maybe not. The Yankees waste so much money signing these big name players only to have them fizzle out. Not to mention, they have a weak farm system. That is a lot of money down the toilet for a mediocre product.

  4. trbmb - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Well, they have been led, for 17 years, by Cashman the cash man. In 17 years, the money boy has not drafted and developed a single high end starting pitcher, and very limited top end position players. Brett Gardner might be the best he has done. (draft pick) The last top starter, Andy Pettitte, pre-Cashboy. I might suggest the cash guy’s time is up in New York. Please.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:32 PM


      I love that you guys are turning on your golden boy.

      Everyone told you FOR YEARS the only reason the Yankees were competitive was because they could outspend everyone else.

      But nooo….you denied it. You touted your ridiculously overrated prospects as the next wave, watched them fizzle, then threw money at the problem time and again….

      Now the house of cards comes tumbling down and you actually believe it.

      I. Love. It.

      • trbmb - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        You are correct. This will not be resolved until the 22th Century. But Cashboy has time left to screw it up further.

      • scoochpooch - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Yankees outspend everyone but almost every team has more money than them. One example, Toronto Blue Jays are owned by a public company, meaning they have tons more cash than the NYY. Just because a team pays a higher % of its capital towards salaries doesn’t make it unfair, it probably points to teams like Toronto where you need to ask why aren’t they spending more?


        Team A Capital of 100m, pays salaries of 70m or 70%
        Team B Capital of $1B, pays salaries of 40m or 4%

        Would you really say that Team A is cheating or acting unfairly by spending more than Team B?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        You’re confusing reserves with revenue.

        Toronto brings in less than half the revenue the Yankees do.

        Why would you expect any business to operate at a loss just because the owner is wealthy enough to do so?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Also, I don’t believe I said they were “cheating” at any point.

        That’s your persecution complex.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      BTW, Your team now has over $50,000,000 PER YEAR tied in up Sabathia and A-Rod for how long?

    • Caught Looking - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Austin Jackson is probably the best pick that’s panned out after Gardner. Then it’s a drop off to Mark Melancon and Tyler Clippard.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      So, home-grown free agents don’t count?
      What about the amateur free agent from 2001 who just gave them 45 BWAR, 5 All Stars, 2 Gold Gloves, 6 years with MVP votes, starter on WS winning team, for about $58 million over 9 years?

      Then they let some other team pay $240 million for the decline years-
      Isn’t THAT how it’s supposed to be done?

      They also developed other players that other teams overvalued and took off their hands just in time.

      • Reflex - Jul 5, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Given that they had the money to afford him, they probably should have paid the $240 mil for him. Cano + MLB average players would have outperformed the guys they did choose to spend $285 mil on, namely Beltran/McCann/Ellsbury/Soriano. At this point its possible that Cano outperforms all of them combined throughout their entire contracts.

        It would have made sense to let someone else pay for Cano if the Yanks were determined *not* to spend $240 million on anyone. But saying that he wasn’t worth the contract, then paying a collection of guys who even combined are inferior to him, and paying them *more money* makes the claim that Cano was too expensive absolutely ludicrous.

  5. largebill - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Hate to see this happen. Sabathia is one of the good guys in the game and seemed a legitimate Hall of Fame prospect and potential 300 game winner. Just shows how difficult it is to project careers of pitchers.

  6. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Imagine the pathetic contracts that Cashman has signed? The As could’ve built their own stadium with that money and STILL fielded the same roster.

    • NYTolstoy - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      You can’t just blame this all on him. There were years where he wanted to keep the Draft picks but management went over him and signed everyone they could. He never had a chance to really get high end Draft picks. Plus always being in first place kept them from dafting high as well. Though I tend to blame him on somethings he is not the root of the problem. There’s alot wrong going on in the corporation and this is coming from a die hard yankee fan. Don’t just point fingers at him. It’s being closed minded

  7. 1998yanks - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    You guys act like the Yankees are the only team to spend money, and have a pitcher get hurt. It’s not even his arm.

  8. irishlad19 - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Blaming Cashman ignores the direction he got/gets from The Steinbrenners.
    With so much more money to spend, the Yankees can afford to entice top FA talent with long guaranteed contracts, realizing that the likelihood of getting more than a few years of top level performance is minimal.
    They can afford it, but now that they aren’t winning, blame the owners, not the GM.

  9. playball - Jul 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I feel bad for the guy. He’s a competitive player and hope he gets better.

    Every single team pays big bucks to the stars out there. Sabathia was dominant for the Yanks, lots of other spendy contracts faded from the moment they started.

  10. blackraven1313 - Jul 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    One pitch wonder, least he’s being paid we’ll not being able to pitch

  11. NYTolstoy - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    The problem wasn’t the original contract the problem was his opt out clause and then adding 3 more years. He was solid for the first 3 years helping the team win a WS and having back to back Cy young type seasons. If it was the same deal this would of been the last year but instead now it’s two more years with 25 mil down the drain . It’s a shame he’s a competitor and just like others stated here he had a chance to 300 but it just wasn’t in the stars. Hope he can get healthy and produce like a middle of rotation starter. That’s the best we can really ask for at 35 next year.

  12. mplsjoe - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    If the Boss was still alive, he never would have let this happen. Heads would roll if someone signed an overpaid veteran free agent! Oh wait…

  13. jackweho - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    That gives him more time in the kitchen and with the home food delivery menus. The locker room staff is going to have to invent Pinstripe pants with double strength waist expanders. He will need a harness instead of a belt. Another stupid maximum pay contract gone bad. Give me two or three above-average players instead of a supposed “super-star” . One player is not going to carry a team, certainly not a pitcher. Koufax and/or Gibson were probably the best in recent memory, yet they didn’t win it all every year. You need a “team” not one super-star. In baseball, especially, more often than not you can pitch around that super-star; if a pitcher, he can only start +/- 30 games a year.That leaves another 132 to account for.

  14. pisano - Jul 4, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    The Yankees won’t miss his 5+ era, hell, they have plenty of guys that can do that.

  15. rivermaya99 - Jul 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Fatass player

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