At noon EST today, the deadline passed for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures. Subsequently, news of teams avoiding arbitration by agreeing to terms with said players has been trickling out all day. The Yankees have a number of players heading into arbitration, some for the first time, such as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. The team typically tries to keep from heading into hearings by finding agreements first.
Should the team fail to come to terms with any players, they might be forced to face off in front of an arbitration panel next month. As the news trickles in, we’ll keep you updated with every agreement the Yankees and their arb-eligible players come to.
- Reporter Robert Murray tweeted that the Yankees and Gio Urshela agreed to a $2.475-million deal for the 2020 season. MLB Trade Rumors had projected Urshela to receive $2.2 million.
- Mark Feinsand is reporting that the Yankees and Gary Sanchez have agreed to a $5-million deal, avoiding arbitration. Jon Heyman adds that Sanchez’s salary is the second-highest ever for a first-year arbitration catcher.
- Murray also tweeted that a pair of Yankee relievers agreed to deals, with Jonathan Holder and Luis Cessa signing for $750,000 and $895,000 respectively.
- In his final arbitration year before free agency, James Paxton has agreed to a one-year, $12.5-million salary for 2020 according to Heyman.
- Heyman is also reporting that Tommy Kahnle is avoiding arbitration with a $2.65-million deal. Kahnle’s deal is a little under MLB Trade Rumors’ projected salary of $3 million.
- The Judge got his payday as well, as Feinsand reports that the Yankee right fielder received an $8.5-million deal for next season.