Last July, in the middle of the final season of his storied career, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia expressed an interest in eventually taking on a front office role with the organization. That’s about to come to fruition, as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes the Yankees are set to add Sabathia to their stable of special advisors (Andrew Marchand of the New York Post first reported the news). The role’s “expected to encompass speaking with players at all levels of the system,” according to Hoch.
The 39-year-old Sabathia will become the latest ex-Yankee to fill this type of position with the club. Carlos Beltran (now the Mets’ manager), Andy Pettitte, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, Hideki Matsui and Reggie Jackson were special advisors for the team last season.
Like everyone from the above group, Sabathia enjoyed an excellent run in the Bronx as a player. An Indian and Brewer from 2001-08, Sabathia joined the Yankees prior to ’09 on a seven-year, $161MM pact. The union ended up going swimmingly for both sides. Sabathia helped the Yankees to their most recent championship in his first season with the team, and he continued to further his Hall of Fame case throughout the remainder of his time in pinstripes.