The 37-year-old left-hander had garnered interest from the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels, among other teams, this off-season.
Sabathia — a veteran of 17 years, the past nine of which were spent with the Yankees — has enjoyed a career renaissance over the past two seasons. In 2017, he posted a 3.69 ERA in 148.2 innings during the regular season then a 2.37 ERA across four playoff starts.
“(Sabathia offers) leadership, big-game ability,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said this week. “He’s not going to back down from any challenge. Strike thrower. (On) the biggest stages, he’s proven he’s still more than effective.”
The Yankees rotation now features Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino, Sonny Gray and Jordan Montgomery. The club has also pursued Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole in recent days and it remains to be seen if Sabathia’s signing impacts that.