Yankees set to bring back Sabathia

Veteran left-hander CC Sabathia is returning to the New York Yankees after signing a 1-year, $10 million contract on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Sabathia, 37, posted a 14-5 record with a 3.69 ERA in 27 starts last season for the Yankees. He has been with the Yankees since 2009 and in the majors since 2001, amassing a career record of 237-146 with a 3.70 ERA.

The signing fills a need at the back of the rotation for the Yankees, who feature Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray as the top three starters. The team reportedly has inquired about the possible availability of Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in a trade, but no agreement has been reached.

Sabathia has 2,846 career strikeouts, which leads all active pitchers. He needs 154 more strikeouts to become the 17th pitcher in big league history to join the 3,000-strikeout club. The last pitcher to achieve the milestone was John Smoltz on April 22, 2008.

The veteran also is no stranger to the postseason, where the Yankees hope to return after landing slugger Giancarlo Stanton earlier this month. Sabathia has a career record of 10-6 with a 4.20 ERA in 23 postseason games (22 starts). He has 120 strikeouts in 126 1/3 innings.

The deal is pending a physical, according to the New York Post.

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