Yankees Hot Stove: Five file for salary arbitration

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As the Yankees' 2014 roster begins to take shape, the salary arbitration process begins today. Five Yankees have filed for arbitration and will be able to begin exchanging figures with the team on Friday. Those five include David Robertson, Brett Gardner, Ivan Nova, Shawn Kelley, and Francisco Cervelli. Of these five, Robertson and Gardner are in their last year of arbitration eligibility before free agency. Both Nova and Cervelli are eligible for the first time in their careers, and Kelley, as a Super Two, will go through his third season of arbitration, with one more to go.

Back in November, MLB Trade Rumors released their 2014 salary arbitration projections. The original seven eligible Yankees were cut to five when Jayson Nix was non-tendered and later signed with the Rays, and Chris Stewart was traded to the Pirates. The remaining were projected to make as follows:

Player 2013 Salary 2014 Salary (est.) Raise
Francisco Cervelli $515,350 $1.0 MM $484,650
Brett Gardner $2,850,000 $4.0 MM $1,150,000
Shawn Kelley $935,000 $1.5 MM $565,000
Ivan Nova $575,600 $2.8 MM $2,224,400
David Robertson $3,100,000 $5.5 MM $2,400,000
Total Hit Against 189 $14.8 MM

As you can see, Robertson, in his last year of arbitration, and Nova, in his first year, are in line for substantial raises. Despite their projected salaries, teams and players very rarely have to go to an arbitration hearing to determine their future salaries. Instead, both parties come up with numbers and then they agree on a salary somewhere in the middle that would make everyone happy. The only question is where the middle ground will be, and what they will base such valuation on.

Cervelli's injury-filled season that was capped off with a steroid suspension will likely harm his case in court, so the Yankees might be able to sign him to a much cheaper deal. They have yet to name Robertson as the closer, despite a lack of obvious competition. This has likely been done to limit his value in any arbitration case. Closers are valued much higher than middle relievers, so without the "Closer Stamp" D-Rob might have a harder time proving he should be paid like one.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pinstripe Alley

You must be a member of Pinstripe Alley to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pinstripe Alley. You should read them.

Join Pinstripe Alley

You must be a member of Pinstripe Alley to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pinstripe Alley. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker