It’s pretty well established that the Yankees will not offer arbitration to Derek Jeter.
When I checked with Brian Cashman earlier this afternoon, he said the Yankees were “still deciding” whether to offer arbitration to their other Type A and B free agents.
Now Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees have decided to offer arbitration to Javier Vazquez, but only after making sure Vazquez will turn it down. I wrote yesterday that an arbitration offer to Vazquez seemed far too risky for the Yankees — the last thing they need is to bring him back at $10 million-plus — but if Vazquez and his agents have assured the Yankees that they’ll say no, then it’s a no brainer the other way. Might as well lock up the draft pick.
Wally Matthews just reported that the Yankees are “likely” to offer arbitration to Kerry Wood. The Yankees already turned down an $11 million option on Wood.