CC Sabathia will receive his $500,000 bonus after all.
The 38-year-old Sabathia was ejected two innings shy of hitting the 155-inning mark for the 2018 season, which would have triggered a $500,000 incentive in his contract.
In his last regular-season start, Sabathia had thrown just 55 pitches through five scoreless innings. But after hitting Jake Bauers with a pitch in the fifth inning, the Tampa Bay Rays' Andrew Kittredge threw a fastball behind Yankees catcher Austin Romine's head in the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sabathia retaliated by hitting Tampa Bay's Jesus Sucre in the leg and was immediately ejected. Rays players exited the dugout but the benches did not clear as Sabathia walked off the mound, saying, "That's for you, b----" directed at the Rays dugout.
During a one-hitter and two innings shy of earning a $500,000 bonus, CC Sabathia was ejected from this afternoon's Yankees v Rays game.- Tim and Sid (@timandsid) September 27, 2018
Sabathia chose to throw at Jesus Sucre, even though both benches were warned when Andrew Kittredge hit Austin Romine in the top of the inning. pic.twitter.com/gVuGy9QO4S
Told after that game he fell two innings shy of hitting the $500,000 incentive, Sabathia said, "I don't make decisions based on money. I just felt like it was the right thing to do."
Sabathia was fined an undisclosed amount and suspended five games for the incident, but he will appeal it. After re-signing with New York on a one-year, $8 million deal this offseason, he wouldn't need to serve the suspension until Opening Day.
After the game, Sabathia's teammates defended him, with Aaron Judge saying, "That's the guy you want to go to battle with," and Giancarlo Stanton saying, "I'm with CC, always."
The $500,000 was included in the Yankees' final luxury tax payroll, according to the Associated Press, and neither side announced the decision.
"It was something that we did very private and weren't looking to publicize, and I'll just leave it at that," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, according to the AP.
Added Sabathia's agent, Kyle Thousand: "We thought it was a very nice gesture by the Yankees. CC was very appreciative and is really excited to come back next year and, hopefully, win a championship."