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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 12/17/17

Yankees sign CC Sabathia to a 1-year contract; John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman sign a 1-year contract; Dodgers and Braves made big trade; a recap of Brian Cashman’s offseason thus far

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Anthony DiComo: CC Sabathia is coming back. Yesterday, the Yankees signed the veteran Sabathia to a one-year, $10 million dollar contract. It was well known that CC had a desire to rejoin the team he’s been with for almost a decade. He loves NY. He loves the Yankees. He has unfinished business, according to his agent. Sabathia wants to win another World Series with the Yankees. I, too, would like this to happen. We shall see what this means for Cashman’s plan to acquire another starter this offseason. For now, it’s good to have the big man back. Praise be.

New York Daily News | Bob Raissman: CC Sabathia isn’t the only one coming back. It was also reported yesterday that John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will be returning to the WFAN booth. Also like Sabathia, both have signed for one-year deals. The speculation of Giancarlo Stanton’s Sterling HR call can now proceed without worry.

New York Post | Joel Sherman: Barring anything else happening this offseason, Brian Cashman seems to have achieved Hal Steinbrenner’s goal of getting under the luxury tax threshold. This will set the Yankees up well during the 2018 free agency season, which looks to be hotter than hot. However, one of their other main wealthy competitors just put themselves in a better situation. The Dodgers traded Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson to the Braves for Matt Kemp. Yes, THAT Matt Kemp. Kemp is expected to be flipped and A-Gon will be DFA’d by the Braves on Monday. This salary dump puts the Dodgers under the luxury tax threshold, sets them up for the 2018 free agency season, and once again shows Greg Kirkland that fanpost-style trade ideas CAN happen if you just believe in them hard enough.

Newsday | David Lennon: Finally, here are some words recapping Brian Cashman’s Winter Meetings. They were good. Really good.