A year ago, the Yankees avoided arbitration with Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan, and now all three are eligible once again. Dave Robertson and Brett Gardner are arbitration eligible for the first time, and the Yankees signed Russell Martin knowing he had one more year of arbitration eligibility.
That’s six arbitration decision as it is, and there was almost one more.
Chris Dickerson’s name is on MLBTradeRumors list of players who just missed out on super-two status.
A Yankees arbitration decision with Dickerson would have been interesting. He’s been a productive hitter against right-handers, he’s proven he can be a valuable platoon or bench player, and the Yankees could use a fourth of fifth outfielder. But Dickerson is left-handed, so he doesn’t perfectly fit the Yankees needs, and they barely used him even when he was on the big league roster this season.
If he’s making the minimum next year, there’s little reason not to bring Dickerson back and let him compete for a spot on the bench. If the Yankees had to pay him a little more, they might have faced a real decision about whether to bring him back.
Turns out, the Yankees might have done the Diamondbacks a favor by giving Ian Kennedy only one second-half call-up back in 2009. He’s another who just missed out on super-two status.
Former Yankees spot starter and current Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard did qualify for super-two, so he’ll make a little extra next season. The Rays are also going to have to start paying extra for David Price and the Red Sox are going to have to pay more for Daniel Bard.