CC Sabathia is joining the Yankees front office as a special adviser to general manager Brian Cashman, according to the New York Post.
A role with the Yankees was something that Sabathia had his sights set on even before he officially retired following his injury during the playoffs.
"I want to be a part of the Yankees still, front office, whatever, however we can work that out," Sabathia told The Post last May.
Sabathia spent the final 11 seasons of his 19-year Major League career in pinstripes, and retired as one of the more beloved members of the team in recent memory, both by fans and fellow members of the organization.
For Cashman, the decision to bring Sabathia aboard was an easy one.
"I will take as much CC as I can get," Cashman told The Post.
It's possible that Sabathia could also join the Yankees' television broadcast booth, but it's unclear if that will materialize or how often he'll be calling games if it does.
Sabathia is taking a similar retirement path to David Wright, who was hired as a special adviser to both Brodie Van Wagenen and Jeff Wilpon prior to the 2019 season. At the time, Van Wagenen said that Wright would have "a voice in our room on any number of different fronts," and said that the former Met captain was a "secret weapon" in negotiating a contract extension with Jacob deGrom.
Similarly, Sabathia is sure to have strong relationships with many of his former teammates, and might be able to bridge any possible divide between the players on the field and the front office.