The Yankees have not exchanged numbers with any of their arbitration-eligible players, and general manager Brian Cashman said it’s too early in the process to know whether any of the current cases might be headed for an actual hearing.
“We go in to settle unless someone is asking something unwarranted,” Cashman said. “We’ll give a good faith effort to try to settle it, but if someone does something that’s out of line, we’re forced to go to a hearing. We’re not afraid to go to hearing.”
The Yankees have to reach agreements with Boone Logan, Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. This is Logan’s second year of eligibility and the first for Hughes and Chamberlain. Last year Logan settled on a $590,000 deal in mid-January.
Cashman wouldn’t comment on whether he’s working toward an early agreement with any of the three.
“I wouldn’t say where I was with anyone, at any level,” Cashman said.
Associated Press photo of Hughes