12/18/08 9:55 AM EST
Yankees to unveil CC today
Burnett to be introduced with Sabathia at news conference
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The No. 1 target of this offseason, CC Sabathia, will be formally introduced by the New York Yankees today in a 1 p.m. ET news conference at the Stadium Club.
Sabathia and fellow new acquisition A.J. Burnett will be introduced together.
Sabathia and Burnett represent the Yankees' top two choices from the free-agent market as the organization aimed to upgrade its rotation after missing the playoffs in Yankee Stadium's farewell season.
Both hurlers agreed to wear pinstripes last week, with Sabathia agreeing to terms on a seven-year, $161 million deal and Burnett accepting a five-year, $82.5 million pact. The pitchers were in New York to complete physicals and finalize paperwork this week.
Following the introductory news conference, there is expected to be a photo opportunity across 161st Street, where Sabathia and perhaps Burnett will catch some of their first glimpses at the Yankees' new home -- rising quickly in anticipation of its first game action in April 2009.
The left-handed Sabathia was 17-10 with a 2.70 ERA last season for the Indians and Brewers. After switching teams in a July trade, Sabathia went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA down the stretch in helping the Brewers make the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
Burnett, a right-hander, set a career high in wins and placed fourth in the AL by going 18-10 with a 4.07 ERA for the Blue Jays before opting out of the final two years of his contract. In 10 big league seasons, Burnett is 87-76 with a 3.81 ERA.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.