CC Sabathia didn’t want to join Yankees’ rivals for this reason

By Michael Dixon
CC Sabathia delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

After briefly testing the free agent waters, pitcher CC Sabathia re-signed with the New York Yankees in December. The veteran lefty recently made it clear that he wasn’t going to sign with a rival of New York’s, as he doesn’t want to face the potent Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge led lineup.

“That’s why I wouldn’t have gone to the Blue Jays,” Sabathia said (H/T ESPN). “I’m not coming to Yankee Stadium and getting my a** kicked.”

Hearing this, we do wonder why Sabathia took a meeting with the Toronto Blue Jays in the first place. But even with that head scratcher in mind, we certainly commend Sabathia for his candor.

Really, it’s a pretty good reason to avoid another American League East team.

Stanton led all of baseball with 59 home runs in 2017. Judge was second in the league with 52. As if that wasn’t enough, catcher Gary Sanchez slammed 33 home runs.

It would be an immense challenge to find any pitchers lining up to face that kind of lineup, which has potential to be one of the best that baseball has seen in a long time.