"We have hopes and beliefs that next year will be a better year for him and for us," Cashman said. "There's no point in having him make his last start with an injury."
In the Star-Ledger, Cashman pointed out to Andy McCullough that "Sabathia's 2.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio was nearly identical to his 2010 mark." In 2010, Sabathia was 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA. This season, he finished, 14-13 with a 4.78 ERA. His velocity was down from a tick below 94 in 2012 to a tick above 91 this season, according to FanGraphs.
Sabathia, 33, has three more years and $71 million on his contract. This can turn into four years and $96M if he stays healthy in 2016. All he has to do is stay off the DL for 45 days or less and not suffer a shoulder injury that season and -- cha-ching -- another $25M for the big man.
QUESTION: Will CC be better next year?