New York Yankees CC Sabathia pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, March 31, 2011. The Yankees defeated the Tigers, 6-3, on Opening Day. (Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday/MCT)

Carsten Charles "CC" Sabathia


In 2008, CC Sabathia signed a 7-year $161 million contract with the New York Yankees, which amounted to the largest contract for a pitcher in the history of baseball.  When he entered the league in 2001, at 20 years old, he was the youngest player in the Major Leagues.  In 2007, Sabathia won the Al Cy Young Award while playing for the Cleveland Indians, where he played for his first seven and a half seasons.  For a half season in 2008 he helped the Milwaukee Brewers secure their first playoff appearance in 26 years.