Yankees give Sabathia $500K bonus despite ejection
CC Sabathia received his $500,000 performance bonus from the New York Yankees despite not reaching the goal of pitching 155 innings last season.
Yankees pitcher Sabathia was close to achieving the mark but the 38-year-old was ejected from his last regular-season MLB start against the Tampa bay Rays on September 27.
He was just two innings short before he plunked Jesus Sucre in retaliation for Andrew Kittredge throwing a pitch behind Austin Romine earlier in the game.
Sabathia's bonus was not announced by the Yankees nor the six-time All-Star, but a review of New York's final luxury tax payroll revealed the payout.
"It was something that we did very private and weren't looking to publicise, and I'll just leave it at that," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
Sabathia – a 2009 World Series champion and 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner – earned $10million in base salary last season and re-signed with the Yankees on a one-year, $8m deal for 2019. He said this upcoming season will be his last.