CC Sabathia spoke about Aroldis Chapman, next year's team, his offseason rehab, the starting rotation, and more while appearing at the Yankees' annual food drive on Wednesday.
He praised the Yankees' signing Chapman to a five-year, $86 million deal, telling NJ.com that "he's excited to have Chappy back. He's obviously a great piece for us. He went on to do his thing in the World Series with the Cubs but it's great to have him back."
With the Yankees returning a good corps of young players, Sabathia thinks the Yankees will once again be contenders in 2017.
"Obviously [Gary Sanchez] coming up and doing what he did was huge for us," Sabathia said, according to the New York Post. "I think we can [contend]. I think the young guys are talented enough that they can carry us to where we want to go.''
Sabathia said the competition in the rotation is a "great thing" and singled out Chad Green, who went 2-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 12 games with New York.
"Those guys, great stuff. Green is unreal," Sabathia said. "I feel like he has a chance to be really good in the big leagues."
He also said he has no plans for any more offseason procedures on his right knee after having it drained at the end of the year. Sabathia says he's been rehabbing at Yankee Stadium "a couple of times a week, just making sure I get my strength back and I'm trying to get my mobility back and make sure I'm ready to go come Spring Training."