With CC Sabathia‘s current contract set to expire at the end of next season, many think CC could hang up his cleats and ride off into the sunset.
But like teammate Mark Teixeira, Sabathia plans on playing after his current contract, even if it means playing four to five more years.
“I want to pitch four or five more years,’’ Sabathia told The New York Post on Thursday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Sabathia feels he’s physically and mentally capable of pitching four to five more years, but only time will tell if Sabathia can accomplish such a feat, considering he’s going to be 36-years-old during the 2016 season.
“When it’s done, it’s done,’’ he said about his 15-year career, “and I can go into my regular life, and I want to be prepared for that.’’
Many are skeptical of Sabathia pitching at least four more years, but Sabathia has confidence in his pitches. Sabathia revealed recently he had been talking to former Yankee Andy Pettitte and Pettitte had been helping him develop a key pitch that could help him during this transition.
“He taught me the cutter,’’ Sabathia said. “I’m just working. It will get better. It will get there. I feel good, I’m not really worried about it. I know I will be there and I will be able to help this team.
“I’m young as far as in life, but I’m old in baseball years. You know: 16 years. But I still feel connected to these guys. I’m able to communicate with [Ivan] Nova, Dellin [Betances], Big Mike [Pineda]. I want to be around here. It’s always a lot of fun for me. I feel like the big brother to these guys.’’
As Sabathia gets older, he realizes his game has to change, and to prepare for that transition, he had been watching video of Pettitte and David Wells.
“I know if I’m healthy, I am able to pitch at any level,” he said. “I know I can figure it out and compete and pitch. We’ll just have to see at the end.
“Now it’s just a matter of getting my pitches to work. There is no more worrying about velocity,” he added. “I’ll be able to apply these new things that I am learning.
“I’m good at the spot that I am at. Let the young guys take over, and I will float in the back and do my thing. It’s not about [innings] seven, eight and nine anymore, and that’s good.’’