Sabathia to be Yanks special adviser (source)

January 16th, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are planning to add to their impressive roster of special advisers, a source told on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Sabathia, who concluded his 19-year career in the Majors last season, has expressed interest in learning more about the analytical side of baseball, with an eye towards possibly pursuing an expanded front-office role in the future. 

Sabathia's yet-to-be-determined role is expected to encompass speaking with players at all levels of the system, and it could potentially include on-air stints broadcasting games with the YES Network.

“I’m going to try to stay out of uniform as much as possible,” Sabathia said on his R2C2 podcast. “I definitely want to be around a lot of the younger guys on the Minor League side and stuff like that. Last year, when I was hurt at the beginning of the year, I got a chance to be down in Extended (Spring Training) for a long time and hang out with the guys. That was cool. 

“I want to do that, and be around the team, obviously. Help the guys out if they need help, stuff like that. I’m going to just kind of be there, and not in the way.”

A six-time All-Star who was the 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner with the Indians and the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 ALCS with the Yankees, Sabathia retired leading all active Major Leaguers in career wins (251), starts (560), strikeouts (3,093), innings pitched (3,577 1/3) and quality starts (319).

“I don’t think I’m going to miss the competition. I think I’ll miss the guys,” Sabathia said recently. “I think 19 years of pitching the way that I have, emotionally, I’m kind of exhausted. It’ll be good next year to just get that break and give my body a break. But I’ll definitely miss the guys, the relationships I have in here. That’s what I’ll miss the most, for sure.”

In 2019, the Yankees’ information guide listed Carlos Beltrán, Reggie Jackson, Hideki Matsui, Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher as special advisers. Beltrán has since been hired by the Mets as their manager.

Sabathia and his family plan to remain in the New York area during his retirement, and the former hurler said that he would embrace the opportunity to serve in a similar role.

“At some point,” Sabathia said. “We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but yeah, for sure. I talk to Carlos all the time, I talk to Andy all the time, obviously. It seems like they have a pretty fun role. It’s something like I feel like I can do.”