Chicago Cubs Offseason: Five free agents this team doesn’t need
By David Goehst
Chicago Cubs could better allocate their funds for pitching
C.C. Sabathia has put together a long run of success in the bigs. From his days in Cleveland to a postseason push with Milwaukee, he’s done it all. Most recently, of course, the veteran southpaw played a key role in the rotation of the New York Yankees.
Sabathia comes off a 27-start 2017 campaign in which he pitched to a 3.69 earned run average for the Bronx Bombers. His FIP looked a bit more eye-popping at 4.49, but he still eats innings and takes the ball every fifth day as needed. Heading into his age-38 season, he’s heading into the sunset stage of his career, but brings valuable experience to the table.
If the Cubs weren’t hyper-focused on building sustainable success for years to come, I’d say Wrigley would be an awesome place for C.C. to retire. He’s an inning-eating workhorse that served the Yankee organization well for years. However, the Cubs should scoff at any phone calls from Jay Z regarding Sabathia.