“The determination we made today was to make sure that we control what amount we’d be spending at least in the event that we’re fortunate enough to bring those players back. We did not want to put ourselves in a position of having that determined by a third party without knowing what that figure would be. The arbitration time period falls in early February, so obviously as we attempt to put this team together, in Andy’s case and Bobby’s case, they made $16 million last year. It’s been tough in the past to try and deviate from previous years earnings in an arbitration setting. We wanted to be able to control the cost that we would allocate for every position on the club.
“Even though we wanted draft picks if we lost anybody, by offering arbitration we would lose out ability to determine a final cost. So by doing so, we chose to go a different direction, not offer arbitration and we’ll still stay engaged with the entire free agent market including those two players.”
Or as the honorable Judge Elihu Smails would put it, “You’ll get nothing and like it.”
The Yankees are acting a little small-market here. I can understand not wanting to bring Pettitte back at $16 million. But would a year of Abreu at $16 million or even $17 million be so awful?
They’re showing a lot of faith in Xavier Nady and Hideki Matsui – unless Cashman has something else in mind.