After Game 4 of the ALDS ended in a loss, the Yankees 2018 season was officially closed. For CC Sabathia, it may have also been the end to an era in pinstripes.
Sabathia is set to be a free agent this offseason, and he has already made it known that he wants to return in 2019. Whether or not the Yankees want that to happen is still up in the air.
But fellow starter Masahiro Tanaka thinks New York should bring back the big lefty for another season.
"Yes, I would like for him to come back," Tanaka told The Post's Dan Martin through a translator. "As starting pitchers, we've spent a lot of time together, and I know how good he is and how good a leader he is."
Sabathia, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal this past offseason with the Yanks, pitched to a 3.65 ERA/4.16 FIP over 153 innings in the regular season. It was a slightly better season than the 38-year-old had in 2017, which shows Sabathia can still be consistent in the late stages of his career.
But Tanaka isn't in the same boat as Sabathia heading into the winter. Instead, Tanaka, along with Luis Severino, are the only guaranteed starter in the rotation for the Yankees next season.
Tanaka saw his ERA dip to 3.75 from 4.74 compared to last season, and though there was major improvement, Tanaka still think he can be better for his team.
"If you just look at last year and this year, I think I was a little more consistent this time," he said. "But overall, I think still could be better. I'm not satisfied."
Like the rest of his teammates, Tanaka isn't happy that he has to pack his things and wait until February to start playing ball again. The 29-year-old set the tone for the Yankees' only ALDS win in Game 2 against the Red Sox, but he knew the potential this team had to make a further postseason run.
The 100-win regular season and Wild Card Game victory doesn't matter. He's disappointed.
"If I'm being honest, it is really disappointing," he said. "But I think our team has the potential to get there. All we have to do is put the work in next year."
Tanaka will be a key contributor furthering the Yankees' success next year, as he looks to make it to his first World Series. And he hopes Sabathia is by his side making another World Series run as well.