Player News - Yankees

Date: Team: Pos:

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team will go to an arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances.

Betances filed at $5 million and the Yankees at $3 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. Which salary he receives for the 2017 season will be decided by an arbitration panel around spring training. The stud 28-year-old reliever boasts a 2.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 14.3 K/9 in 254 2/3 career major league innings.
Jan 19 - 12:18 PM

Yankees signed 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 25-year-old slashed a troublesome .170/.271/.339 in 129 plate appearances with the Angels last season. He was designated for assignment in late December but elected to explore free agency rather than accepting his outright assignment to Triple-A. He'll compete for a role on the Yankees' Opening Day bench.
Jan 15 - 6:07 PM

Dellin Betances requested $5 million and was offered $3 million by the Yankees when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

It's a sizeable gap, but leaves plenty of room for negotiation between the two sides. The 28-year-old fire-baller, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time, owns a ridiculous 2.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 14.3 K/9 over 254 2/3 innings in his MLB career. He earned just $507,500 in 2016 and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to bring home $3.4 million in arbitration.
Jan 13 - 10:13 PM

Yankees and LHP Tommy Layne avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.

The left-handed reliever was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason as a Super 2 qualifier. Layne put up a 3.63 over 63 appearances in 2016 for the Red Sox and Yankees.
Jan 13 - 5:39 PM

Yankees and OF Aaron Hicks avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

Hicks struggled in his first season in New York, batting .217/.281/.336 for the Bombers. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Jan 13 - 5:37 PM

Yankees and RHP Adam Warren avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.29 million contract.

Warren was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The right-hander held a 4.68 ERA across 58 appearances last season for the Cubs and Yankees.
Jan 13 - 5:18 PM

Yankees and RHP Michael Pineda avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.4 million contract.

Pineda was in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The big right-hander posted a 4.82 across 32 starts for the Yankees last season, but he also struck out 207 over 175 2/3 innings of work. He'll be hoping that the home run ball is less of an issue for him in his walk year.
Jan 13 - 4:29 PM

Yankees and C Austin Romine avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $805,000 contract.

Romine was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. The career .222/.256/.329 hitter will enter 2017 as Gary Sanchez's backup.
Jan 13 - 12:03 PM

Yankees and SS Didi Gregorius avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.1 million contract.

Gregorius had a breakout season at the plate for the Yanks in 2016, hitting .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs. He'll be eligible for arbitration for a final time next winter.
Jan 13 - 11:51 AM

Ji-Man Choi has elected to become a free agent.

Choi cleared waivers after being designate for assignment before the holidays, but he has opted to test free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A. The 25-year-old batted just .170/.271/.339 over 129 plate appearances with the Angels in 2016.
Jan 11 - 1:56 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday the club hasn't discussed an extension with Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka is about to enter the fourth year of his seven-year, $155 million contract with the Yankees, but he has the ability to opt out and test free agency after 2017. The club intends to wait things out for now. Tanaka, 28, owns a 3.12 ERA (132 ERA+) over his first 75 starts in the majors.
Jan 11 - 11:18 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that the club has discussed a new deal with Nathan Eovaldi.

Eovaldi was released by the Yankees in November after undergoing Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries in August. The hard-throwing right-hander is expected to miss the entire 2017 season, but that hasn't stopped the Yankees from talking to his agent "several times." He's also weighing his options elsewhere. Eovaldi turns 27 in February and makes for an intriguing gamble for those willing to wait out his rehab process.
Jan 11 - 11:03 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in an interview with YES Network on Monday that the club is considering breaking up Nos. 1 and 2 hitters Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner.

If they did make a move -- which Cashman said would ultimately be up to manager Joe Girardi -- one of Ellsbury or Gardner would presumably hit leadoff and the other would move to a lower spot in the order. Gardner has hit .259/.340/.395 to Ellsbury's .264/.326/.382 over the last three years and would seem to be a better option for the leadoff spot. Mike Mazzeo of the New York Daily News lists Starlin Castro as a possibility to be moved up in the order if a change is made.
Jan 9 - 11:39 PM

Yankees signed C Wilkin Castillo to a minor league contract.

Castillo spent last year in the Blue Jays' system, shuttling between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. The 32-year-old boasts 22 games of big league experience.
Jan 7 - 4:43 PM

Christian Red of the New York Daily News reports that Alex Rodriguez will not attempt a comeback in 2017.

It's not a big surprise. Rodriguez, 41, was released by the Yankees last August after batting just .200/.247/.351 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 243 plate appearances. The Yankees are on the hook for $21 million in 2017 regardless of whether he plays again or not, but he's planning to serve as a "special advisor" to owner Hal Steinbrenner. "Alex is enjoying his time off and looking forward to heading to spring training to work with the young guys as he has said all along," A-Rod's spokesman Ron Berkowitz told the New York Daily News. Assuming his career is over, Rodriguez will finish fourth all-time with 696 home runs. In addition to his duties with the Yankees' younger players, he appears to have a promising future as a broadcaster/analyst.
Jan 5 - 6:36 PM


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