After the Yankees decided to part ways with ex-manager Joe Girardi, LHP CC Sabathia is now unusre of his future with the team.
It came as a shock to Sabathia that the 10-year manager of the Yankees was gone despite the spectacular run the team made into the postseason. Now, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Sabathia doesn't know if GM Brian Cashman wants to bring him back next season.
"I think the news the other day was just kind of shocking considering how the season went and how we finished," Sabathia said during a podcast with The Players' Tribune. "It was a great run that he had. Ten years coaching the Yankees, we won a World Series, we had a lot of wins. He coached a lot of Hall of Famers, some big moments."
"I feel like me and Joe was always concerned about my family. And that's the biggest thing for me. He's always asking about 'Little C' and my wife, and I always loved him for that. It felt good that he took an interest in my family, so we always got along in that respect."
Sabathia hopped in a time machine this past season as the 37-year-old finished with a 3.69 ERA and 14-6 record -- his highest win total since 2013. His performance made a strong case for a new contract, but if time is up in the Bronx for Sabathia, he will walk away with his head held high.
"If my run is up here, like Joe, I had a great time," he said. "I was here for nine years with some of the best players on the planet, won a World Series, [had the] greatest fans ever. I was a Yankee. I can say that. But no, I'm good with it."
Sabathia has had a flourishing 17-year career, and after winning a World Series and Cy Young award, he is just having fun at this point.
"It's weird, I'm good with baseball however it shakes out," he said. "If I'm done next year, if I'm done the year after. It is what it is. This is all borrowed time for me. This is extra. I'm just having fun."
If he is to return to the Yankees for an 18th year in the MLB, he knows what traits he would want his new manager to have.
"Somebody that's a good communicator with the players," Sabathia said. "Somebody that you can talk about anything at any time -- especially with these young guys. Somebody that these guys can really talk to and trust."