Many wondered all offseason if the Yankees were going to pony up to sign either Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, and CC Sabathia admitted there was a degree of surprise that the Yanks didn't add one of the stars. But ultimately, Sabathia believes the Yanks will be just fine without them.
"A little bit (surprised,) but we didn't need either one of them," Sabathia said on WFAN's CMB program Friday. "We've got a really good right fielder, we've got a really, really good third baseman. So I think we're fine. I think if we needed those guys it'd be a different story, but I think our team is set the way it is. It's good."
That right fielder, of course, is Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar mans third base. In early February, Judge indicated he'd be willing to switch positions to accommodate Harper if the Yankees signed him, but it was never a realistic possibility.
Sabathia, who signed on with ESPN to be a contributor and will be talking about several sports, is puzzled by the Giants' trade of Odell Beckham Jr.
"What was the point of trading him?" Sabathia wondered. "I didn't think he was that big of a distraction."
As far as Kevin Durant goes, Sabathia isn't sure why Durant would want to leave the Warriors -- Sabathia's favorite NBA team -- but, "if Durant leaves, he's coming to New York. I'll say that," Sabathia predicted.