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Looking ahead to the arbitration deadline

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 03, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Arbitration deadlines don’t always mean much. The deadline to file for arbitration is similar to filing for free agency, more procedural than anything. The deadline to exchange figures can come and go with both sides still able to negotiate a deal. Until an arbitration case actually goes to a hearing, there’s a chance for some sort of agreement.

That said, we’re exactly two weeks from the deadline to exchange salary submissions, and the Yankees have six significant players eligible for arbitration. This is no small thing for the Yankees, who could pay well over $15 million to the six players in question.

MLBTradeRumors has a list of projected arbitration raises. Here’s what it has for the Yankees.

Russell Martin
Last year: $4 million
Projected this year: $6.7 million
Martin was signed to a one-year deal, with the Yankees well aware that he would remain under team control for a second year. Brian Cashman has not ruled out the idea of agreeing to a multi-year deal with Martin, though the Yankees might prefer a one-year contract to buy time while they determine future roles for Austin Romine and Jesus Montero.

Brett Gardner
Last year: Roughly $500,000
Projected this year: $3.3 million

In his first year of arbitration, Gardner seems to be in line for the biggest raise. Until now he’s been remarkably cheap, but the Yankees are about to pay Gardner significant money to keep playing left field on a regular basis.

Phil Hughes
Last year: $2.7 million
Projected this year: $3 million

Last year was Hughes’ first year of arbitration eligibility, and he agreed to a one-year deal before the case went to a hearing. After an injury-shortened season, he’s likely to get only a modest raise.

Joba Chamberlain
Last year: $1.4 million
Projected this year: $1.7 million
Like Hughes, Chamberlain avoided arbitration last winter and agreed to a one-year deal. Also like Hughes, Chamberlain is coming off an injury-shortened year that likely means only a modest raise heading into next season.

Boone Logan
Last year: $1.2 million
Projected this year: $1.6 million

This is Logan’s third year of arbitration eligibility, but he’s a lefty specialist, so he’s not going to break the bank. Given what the Yankees have paid to left-handers who were stuck on the disabled list, Logan’s salary isn’t much of an issue.

Dave Robertson
Last year: Roughly $500,000
Projected this year: $1.5 million

You could certainly make the case that Robertson was the most valuable of the six guys on this list, but he’s a middle reliever in his first year of arbitration eligibility, so he could certainly receive the smallest payday of the bunch. That said, tripling his salary is no small thing. These things add up.

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