Sabathia will return for a 10th year with the Yankees following an impressive season at age 37 in 2017. The southpaw posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while holding a 120:50 K:BB in 148.2 innings. The most impressive part about Sabathia's season -- besides his quality playoff performances -- was his ability to eat innings and stay healthy for the third straight season. He will provide another reliable arm within New York's stable, and projects as a back-end starter in the rotation for this upcoming campaign.
Branch (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Branch injured his knee in last week's loss to the Dolphins. He was unable to practice throughout the week, so this decision is relatively unsurprising. Ricky Jean Francois should see an increased role on the defensive line due to Branch's absence.
Barton poured in 19 points (8-14 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added six assists, two rebounds and two steals across 32 minutes in Friday's 117-111 win over the Pelicans.
Barton moved back to a reserve role Friday, but his production remained solid over what was essentially a starter's workload. The 26-year-old has scored in double digits in six of his last seven games, putting up between 11 and 20 shot attempts in those contests. With his typically robust usage and reliable secondary contributions in rebounds and assists, Barton remains a valued component of fantasy rosters who sees an abundant amount of playing time whether starting or coming off the bench.
Miller scored an empty-net goal in Friday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
Miller was the beneficiary of Mats Zuccarello's unselfishness, as the diminutive winger opted to play set-up man rather than taking a shot at the gaping net himself. The goal was only Miller's second since Nov. 2, as the 24-year-old forward's only lit the lamp five times in 32 games after scoring 22 in each of the previous two seasons.
Brodziak is "too banged up" to play in Saturday night's home game against the Jets, David Solomon of 590 The Fan reports, adding that Oskar Sundqvist will tag into the lineup in Brodziak's place.
It's difficult to know when Brodziak might be able to return given the cryptic language of this latest report, but it doesn't sound all that severe on the surface. By default, consider him day-to-day ahead of Sunday's game in Winnipeg.