CC Sabathia knows exactly what it feels like for a pitcher to sign a massive contract with the Yankees.
The left-hander did that very thing on December 18, 2008, inking a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Bombers.
Now officially retired, Sabathia knows that the Yankees are likely to pull out all the stops to try to sign Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg.
But which one does he think they should target?
"They should get them both," Sabathia said on Tuesday. "Pay them both."
The 39-year-old attempted to pitch through a plethora of injuries in 2019, but as he fought his way back on to the ALCS roster, a shoulder injury in Game 4 against Houston was ultimately the final straw in the one-day Hall-of-Famer's storied career.
And while he now has an outside perspective of the Yankees' pitching staff, he knows that adding another big arm would go a long way towards bringing the team back to World Series glory.
"Obviously, I'm always going to love the guys that are in (the locker room) that I went to battle with," Sabathia said. "Obviously (Luis Severino), getting a full year of Sevy, (Masahiro Tanaka), we know what he is. Having another year of (James) Paxton under his belt in New York, but I think if you could just add one of those guys, I think it just puts us over the top in trying to get to that championship we've been trying to get to for the last 10 years."