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By Christopher Carelli, Yankees Correspondent, Sat, Feb 21st 9:05pm EST

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia came into camp topping 300 pounds and feels stronger than he did last season when he arrived 30 pounds lighter than previous years. The 34-year-old southpaw threw his first bullpen Saturday, tossing fastballs and changeups in a 25-pitch session. (Source: ESPN New York)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia is coming off arthroscopic right knee surgery which cut his 2014 season short. Sabathia made just eight starts in 2014, going 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA (4.78 FIP), 1.48 WHIP and 48 K in 46 innings. After also turning in a dismal 2013 season (14 W, 4.78 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 175 K in 211 IP), Sabathia’s road to a turnaround begins with his health and ends with his ability to get batters out without a high velocity fastball. Sabathia must resort to off-speed pitches to keep batters off balance in order to rein his rate stats. Sabathia currently holds an ECR of 355 and because of two big question marks – his health and his repertoire – selecting him much earlier than that might be begging for fantasy trouble down the road.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Sat, Feb 7th 9:52am EST

CC Sabathia was the definition of a workhorse over the first 13 years of his career, averaging 213 innings pitched per season, but had arm and knee issues that have ruined the past two seasons. Yankees' GM Brian Cashman thinks that those injuries are in the past and the 34 year old can be successful. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: If Cashman's assertion is correct, that would be massive for fantasy purposes, as he had a 3.22 ERA, 226 innings pitched per season, and a 1.18 WHIP over the first three seasons of his Yankees career. This may not be feasible, but Sabathia, if healthy, should be able to log 200 or more innings and provide stability to the middle of the Yankees rotation and a fantasy rotation as well. A huge positive for those considering Sabathia's merits: even though his velocity is down over the past four seasons, he had his highest K/9 of his career in 2014 and second best K:BB as well. Sabathia may not be a power pitcher anymore, but may be reliable as a crafty veteran. If his knee and arm are healthy, huge question marks at this point, he should be relied upon for fantasy purposes.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Sun, Jan 11th 7:41pm EST

CC Sabathia says he has no pain after right knee surgery and should be ready to report with pitchers and catchers on February 20th. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Sabathia was 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA last year in eight starts, but did have his first season with a K/9 better than 9 and his best K:BB with 4.8. Sabathia has seen his velocity drop, but has also refined his control and worked on his pitching repertoire. Sabathia's issue over the past two seasons has been a sharp increase in hits and home runs allowed and his rehabilitation from injury could show if these issues were physical or from his talents diminishing. He may not be worthy of drafting until later in the draft, but could have some value if his rehabilition leads to better pitching habits.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Fri, Jan 9th 5:58pm EST

Scouts believe that Sabathia is a smart pitcher that learns from scouting batters and has aggressively sought new ways to pitch. These traits will be useful for the 35 year old that has been on and off the DL for the past two years. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Over the 12 years of his career, Sabathia was the model of a workhorse, posting eight seasons with 15 or more wins and seven seasons with 200 or more innings. The past two seasons have been rough, though, as he has had a 17-17 record and a 4.87 ERA, missing much of the 2014 season with a knee injury that limited him to only eight starts. Although his velocity on his fastball has declined, dropping from 94 mph in 2009 to 88 mph in 2014, Sabathia has maintained an 8.2 K/9 ratio in that five year period, mixing in a cutter in the past two seasons. If Sabathia is able to keep developing as a crafty veteran and if his knee problems do not flare up again, both huge question marks, there is potential for him to be a good rebound pick in the 16-19th round of the draft.

CC Sabathia News & Advice

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MLB.com | Feb 21st, 9:45pm
The best seasons of CC Sabathia's career had him tipping the scales heavier than most Major Leaguers, and so as the big left-hander reported to his seventh Spring Training with the Yankees, he showed up comfortable with his weight.
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MLB.com | Feb 21st, 3:30pm
As CC Sabathia prepared to step on an outdoor mound for the first time this year on Saturday morning, the big left-hander could not hold back a toothy grin. He understands the questions of doubters -- especially having been limited to just eight starts last season -- and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.