The future is bright. CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner have seen success in the Bronx, both here for the last World Series title in 2009. Now they see the ingredients for another one in the group that is assembled here.
But as veteran free agents, they don’t know if they will be a part of that future.
“This is a young team that has a lot of talent that is going to win the World Series,” said Sabathia, who took the loss in what might be his last start in the Bronx in pinstripes.
He is a free agent and made it clear on Monday that he wants to keep on pitching. The Yankees could resign him, of course, but that is gambling that the 38-year-old can stay healthy. The veteran lefty was fine this season, going 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA, but he needed extra rest to deal with his arthritic right knee.
Sabathia has said that he would like to play in 2019 and would like to play for the Yankees, but he is open to playing for other teams if that is not a fit.
“He’s a warrior, one word to describe him, a warrior,” Aaron Judge said of Sabathia. “It doesn’t matter how he’s feeling that day or what’s going on, he’s going to be out there, keep you up and down in your corner, never had a teammate like this.
“I was blessed to be around him and learn from him,” Judge said.
Sabathia was a Yankee for 10 seasons, going 129-80 with a 3.74 ERA.
Gardner has spent his entire major league career with the Yankees and there were times on Tuesday night and over the season when he started wondering if it would be his last.
“Yeah, a little bit. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t,” Gardner said. “I tried to focus on this year, focus on one day at a time and the group of guys we have here now, focus on this postseason. There will be a time we can sit down and figure out what my future looks like. Right now it’s disappointing it ended the way it did.”