It has been years because the Yankees and Los Angeles Angels felt like an actual rivalry.
That might change in 2018.
One week after two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani spurned the Yankees (in addition to the remainder of the east coast) for a contract with the Angels, Los Angeles is interested by including one other big-name pitcher: CC Sabathia.
In keeping with George King of the New York Submit, Sabathia and the Angels have been in touch a couple of free-agent deal.
CC Sabathia and the Angels have held discussions about him signing with them as a free agent
— George A. King III (@GeorgeAKingIII) December 10, 2017
For the Yankees, shedding Sabathia could possibly be an enormous blow to rounding out a World Series-caliber roster this winter. Whereas the trade for Giancarlo Stanton definitely impacts how a lot cash the Yankees can spend whereas staying below the luxurious tax, a return from Sabathia nonetheless appears possible–if normal supervisor Brian Cashman could make the cash work for each the franchise and participant.
If not, Sabathia may bolt west (the place he nearly went earlier than the Yankees initially signed him after the 2008 season) for one among baseball’s most intriguing attainable contenders.
With Ohtani, Mike Trout and Justin Upton in tow, the Angels seemed poised to leap from final yr’s 80-82 mark and into a minimum of AL Wild Card competition in 2018. Add in Sabathia and the Angels may make a soar to shut to the 90-win mark.
Because the hot stove burns, Sabathia within the Bronx nonetheless is smart. But when a deal cannot come along with the Yankees, the southpaw could possibly be within the Bronx subsequent October in a visiting uniform.