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In defense of Chris Capuano

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He’s the standard tweet, comment or email that consistently makes me roll my eyes: The Yankees make a relatively minor signing — a bench player or other depth move — and the reaction is something sarcastic about the Yankees really being contenders now. The implication is that any move that doesn’t involve a superstar or a massive difference maker, isn’t worth making at all, as if the choice were between signing Chris Young or Mike Trout, and the Yankees somehow preferred Young.

Some players are simply expected to play a role, not alter the franchise. Chris Capuano is one of those guys.

When I asked this morning whether the Yankees needed to acquire more pitching depth — clearly any additional depth couldn’t hurt — one of the responses I got was: Just someone better than Capuano for the (No.) 5.

In my mind, Capuano might not be the least of the Yankees problems, but he’s certainly near the bottom. He was actually pretty good last season, giving the Yankees 12 starts with a 4.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 3.85 FIP. Could he repeat those numbers this season? Sure he could. In fact, those numbers are almost perfectly in line with his career performance (his strikeout rate, walk rate and home run rate were also basically the same as his career numbers).

Capuano’s not elite, but the Yankees aren’t treating him as if he’s elite. In an ideal world, he’s a two-month placeholder for Ivan Nova. In a less-than-ideal world, he’s cheap rotation depth should someone else get hurt. He’s potentially helpful, ultimately disposable, and any significant upgrade would likely cost a lot more money or a significant prospect. Is that really a worthwhile commitment to possibly upgrade the No. 5 starter?

To me, Capuano falls in line with the other short-term investments meant to fill a hole, not necessarily tip the scales. A one-year deal with Stephen Drew adds short-term infield depth and doesn’t have to block any sort of long-term solution. Brendan Ryan is shortstop insurance, giving the Yankees at guy who has at least proven himself to be a good defender as a position where defense is crucial. Chris Martin is a hard-throwing reliever who might provide some cheap bullpen depth, and there’s little indication that the Yankees are counting on him for key outs.

Capuano’s an experienced bit of rotation depth. That’s it. If he gives the Yankees 12 starts like the ones he provided last season, he will have done his job. Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow, Michael Pineda’s shoulder, CC Sabathia’s effectiveness, Nathan Eovaldi’s transition and Nova’s recovery should be far greater concerns in the rotation. The fact Capuano is getting $5 million to plug that hole in the fifth spot might not be flashy or ideal, but it’s hardly the worst thing about this roster.

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On the 40-man: Nathan Eovaldi

Eovaldi

As we keep looking at each individual player on the Yankees 40-man roster, today seems like a good day to examine the biggest rotation addition of the offseason. For the most part, the Yankees are bringing back the guys they expected to have last season — without Hiroki Kuroda, and with Ivan Nova opening on the disabled list — but they made a mid-December push for a hard-throwing young starter who could become a mainstay well into the future.

EovaldiNATHAN EOVALDI

Age on Opening Day: 25
Acquired: Traded from Miami in December
Added to the 40-man: Trade became official on December 19

In the past: An 11th-round pick in 2008, and by the end of 2011, Eovaldi was ranked as a Top 100 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com. He was traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins in the 2012, and he’s now pitched 460 major-league innings before his 25th birthday. Although he throws extremely hard — fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s — Eovaldi has never put up overwhelming strikeout numbers. Last season, though, he walked fewer than two batters per nine innings, and his 3.37 FIP suggested he might have been better than his 4.37 ERA suggests.

Role in 2015: Of all the numbers that Eovaldi put up last season — his low walk rate, his strong FIP, the most hits allowed in the National League — the one that might matter most to the Yankees is this one: 199.2 innings. Last season, Eovaldi proved he could make more than 30 starts and pitch nearly 200 innings, and that should matter to a Yankees rotation with obvious durability issues. He also turns 25 years old in February, which means he’s younger than Shane Greene, the pitcher whose spot he’s essentially taking in the rotation. Eovaldi should be labeled either the No. 3 or 4 starter, and the Yankees are going to count on him for some much-needed durability.

Best case scenario: Because he’s still awfully young, Eovaldi seems to have some upside. He’s been a perfectly solid starter the past two years in Miami — 1.33 WHIP, 4.03 ERA, 3.45 FIP — but his raw stuff suggests he’s capable of more. The best-case scenario is that Eovaldi takes that next step with the Yankees. Asking that he becomes an ace is probably a bit much, but the Yankees have to believe there’s at least middle-rotation potential. Reaching 200 innings with an improved strikeout rate would be a very good sign.

Worst case scenario: Even though there were involved in separate deals, it seems inevitable that Eovaldi will be compared to Greene this season. Essentially it’s Greene’s spot in the rotation that Eovaldi is taking, and if Greene really thrives in Detroit while Eovaldi struggles in the American League East, it’s going to look like a bad swap for the Yankees. The worst case scenario might be that Eovaldi is basically a younger Chris Capuano. That means he’s a viable big league starter, just not a huge difference maker.

What the future holds: This was Eovaldi’s first year of arbitration eligibility. That means he’s under team control for this year and two others, putting him in line for free agency after 2017, heading into his age-28 season. That’s a good age for free agency, and if all goes well between now and then, the Yankees might want to lock Eovaldi into a long-term deal before he hits the market. They can basically treat the next two or three years as an audition to determine just how much they want to commit to Eovaldi in the future.

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With Scherzer off the market, do the Yankees need more pitching?

Masahiro Tanaka, Ivan Nova

Has anything changed for the Yankees in the wake of Max Scherzer’s new deal with the Nationals?

Since the fall, Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner created the public perception of fiscal restraint. With a bunch of big contracts (and big mistakes) already filling the payroll, the Yankees never positioned themselves as a favorite for Scherzer. Any thought to the contrary was based on past examples of the Yankees spending unexpected money for Scherzer-type players, but there was never any evidence that they were going to get involved this time.

In that way, nothing has changed. The Yankees weren’t supposed to get Scherzer, and they didn’t.

But with Scherzer off the market, the winter’s most popular “what if” scenario is off the board, leaving the Yankees with a rotation that is what it is.

Michael PinedaTop five starters
Masahiro Tanaka
Michael Pineda
CC Sabathia
Nathan Eovaldi
Chris Capuano
These five have been in place since late December when the Yankees completed the trade for Eovaldi. Three of these players are in their mid-20s, and one exception is on a one-year, stop-gap contract. Even so, there’s such injury concern at the top that this rotation seems unreliable at best.

Major League depth
Adam Warren
Esmil Rogers
Ivan Nova
According to plan, Warren and Rogers should be relievers this season, but each has been a starter in the past — Rogers worked as a starter this winter — and so they could provide immediate rotation depth in spring training. Nova is expected back from Tommy John surgery around June or so.

Minor league depth
Chase Whitley
Bryan Mitchell
Jose De Paula
Luis Severino
Whitley made 12 big league starts last season, but unless he wins a spot as a long man in the big league bullpen, he seems likely to land in the Triple-A rotation with Mitchell and De Paula (each of whom is currently on the 40-man). Severino is not on the 40-man and has just 25 innings above A ball, but he’s talented enough to potentially pitch his way into the mix. Can’t completely rule out guys like Matt Tracy and Zach Nuding, who could round out the Triple-A rotation, or a guy like Jaron Long, who’s likely heading for Double-A but made a huge impression last season.

CC SabathiaQuestion is: Is this enough? The top five looks perfectly good, but that’s only if its healthy. There are plenty of alternatives in the mix, but each one seems to come with significant uncertainty (about upside, about health, about ability to consistently start at the big league level). So if the Yankees want to upgrade their rotation — either adding talent up top or adding depth at the bottom — what are their options?

1. Spend big – There’s still one high-end starter on the market, and he has a history of success in the American League East. But if the Yankees weren’t interested in Scherzer, what are the chances they’ll become interested in James Shields? He’s already 33, so his next contract is likely to carry him into his late 30s, which seems awfully risky at this point.

2. Take a chance – Beyond Shields, the free agent market really doesn’t have a reliable starter still available. Instead, the Yankees could roll the dice on a small contract — perhaps even a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation — with a veteran starting pitcher who comes with serious warts. Johan Santana recently got some attention, but guys like Chad Billingsley, Roberto Hernandez and Chris Young are also still out there.

3. Sacrifice the farm – The Yankees clearly prefer to keep their top prospects at this point, but they don’t have to. Cole Hamels is clearly available and signed to a contract that seems perfectly reasonable compared to Scherzer, but it would likely take a massive package to get him. The Nationals are reportedly not pushing to trade Jordan Zimmermann, but he might be available. Is it worth giving up some of the future to add a pitcher for the present?

4. Wait and see – Nothing says the Yankees have to make a change right now. Last season, they managed to rebuild a rotation on the fly, and they could try to do the same this year if necessary. They could go into spring training with this group and adjust only if/when one of those top five starters goes down. If that doesn’t happen until May, they might have Nova ready to step in. If it happens in August, Severino might be ready.

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ICYMI: Scherzer signs seven-year deal with Nationals

Max Scherzer

Last night, the bidding for starting pitcher Max Scherzer seemed to reach its conclusion.

According to various reports including Jon Heyman’s, Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year deal to join the Nationals rotation. It would give Washington a starting five of Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister. Although the Nationals have reportedly shopped Zimmermann this offseason, the Washingon Post reports that the Nats would not necessarily have to dump Zimmerman in order to make the Scherzer contract work.

All along, the Yankees have insisted that they were not likely to join the bidding for Scherzer. Although he was widely viewed as the top free agent on the market — and although the Yankees clearly needed rotation help — the Yankees already have a long list of long-term contracts, many of which have become significant problems in the past few years.

This past week, Hal Steinbrenner told reporters at the owners meetings:

“There’s just a certain amount I’m going to go (with payroll). You all know my opinions about payroll, where you should be and where you really don’t need to be to win championships.”

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On the 40-man: Austin Romine

Austin Romine

Still taking a look at every individual player on the Yankees 40-man roster, we’ll next examine a young catcher who’s spot on the roster may be lost in the Yankees overall depth at the position.

RomineAUSTIN ROMINE

Age on Opening Day: 26
Acquired: Second-round pick in the 2007 draft
Added to the 40-man: As a late September call-up in 2011

In the past: In 2006, the Yankees signed a young international catcher named Jesus Montero. In 2007, they used two of their top six draft picks on catchers (Romine and sixth-rounder Chase Weems). Two years later, they again used a second-round pick on a catcher (John Ryan Murphy) and again signed an international catcher (Gary Sanchez). It was a massive influx of catching talent in a relatively small amount of time, and Romine was a legitimate standout ranking among Baseball America’s Top 10 Yankees prospects in four straight years (twice Baseball America ranked him among the Top 100 prospects in all of baseball). His first extended big league opportunity came in 2013, and when he struggled at the plate, Romine seemed to be instantly overshadowed.

Role in 2015: Although Romine got into 60 big league games the year before — and actually hit pretty well from mid-July to the end of August of 2013 — it was Murphy who got the call-up last season when the Yankees needed a new backup catcher. And when last September rolled around, it was Murphy who got an immediate September call-up while Romine waited for yet another injury to basically force the Yankees to add him to the roster. Romine will come into spring training with at least some chance of making the Yankees roster, but with Murphy clearly ahead of him in the current pecking order, Romine could easily be crowded out of the picture. And since he’s out of options, he could be pushed all the way out of the organization.

Best case scenario: Because he didn’t hit much in Triple-A last season, and because Murphy has clearly surpassed him in terms of prospect buzz, it’s easy to forget that Romine was once considered a pretty good prospect. His defensive skills have generally gotten good reviews, and there was once a belief that he’d eventually provide a pretty solid bat with some power. While the backup catching role seems to Murphy’s to lose, the Yankees best hope is that Romine makes it a tough decision and reminds them that he once seemed to have the brighter future.

Worst case scenario: There’s really not a spot for Romine right now. Murphy seems heading toward the backup job in New York, Sanchez is clearly ticketed for Triple-A, and that leaves Romine appearing to be on the outside looking in. Even if he clears waivers and gets assigned to Triple-A, how often is he going to play behind a guy like Sanchez who clearly deserves and needs most of the playing time behind the plate? The worst-case scenario, it seems, it Romine being completely lost in the shuffle and losing — both for his sake and the Yankees’ sake — any chance to reestablish himself.

What the future holds: Could be that Romine’s future is elsewhere, but the Yankees have recognized that all winter, and they’ve still kept him on the roster. Why? Maybe because Murphy could be hurt in spring training. Maybe because Romine’s still just 26 and not at all a lost cause. Maybe because they’re not ready to give up on him just yet. Right now, the roster is stacked against him and Romine might be better off in another organization. Spring training may very well determine whether he has any sort of future in New York.

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Posted by:Chad Jenningson Sunday, January 18th, 2015 at 2:45 pm. InMisc with Comments Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Week in review: Yankees finally set coaching staff

Don Mattingly, Jeff Pentland

Three months after firing Kevin Long and Mick Kelleher, the Yankees finally settled their coaching staff this past week.

Hitting coach Jeff Pentland, assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell and infield coach Joe Espada were all added to the staff. In addition, Rob Thomson was moved from third-base coach to bench coach, Tony Pena moved from bench coach to first-base coach, and Espada will takeover as third-base coach.

“It’s my job to earn (the hitters’) trust and be there for them and develop them as they need,” Pentland said in an introductory conference call. “I’m working off the individual. I don’t have a general philosophy. I think I have the knowledge, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”

This is the first time in franchise history that the Yankees have carried two hitting coaches, but that system has become more and more common in recent years.

“The job has just gotten huge,” Pentland said. “The technical ability of video and TVs and statistics, it’s just become overwhelming. As hitting coaches, we have to weed out information to give the hitters a simple approach. When you’re sitting in there against 95 (mph), your brain can’t do a whole lot. It kind of has to be focused on the ball.”

Stephen Drew• Ten days after news of the signing broke, the Yankees finally announced their new deal with infielder Stephen Drew. Manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com that he likes having two experienced shortstops behind young Didi Gregorius, and that he still plans to give Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela a long look in spring training. Should be interesting to see how the roster shakes out with Drew in the mix.

• Yet another attempt at a marginal upgrade, the Yankees purchased hard-throwing reliever Chris Martin from the Rockies (he had been designated for assignment). Listed at 6-foot-8 with a mid-90s fastball, Martin has options remaining and joins a long list of pitchers who could bounce back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues.

• To make room on the roster for Drew and Martin, the Yankees designated for assignment reliever Gonzalez Germen and outfielder Eury Perez.

• The Yankees avoided arbitration with all of their remaining arb-eligible players, coming to one-year agreements with Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, Nathan Eovaldi and David Carpenter. The Yankees very, very rarely actually go to arbitration, so settlements were expected.

• It was reported that Triple-A and Double-A will each use a pitch clock next season — along with some other pace-of-game changes — as baseball continues to experiment with ways to make games faster.

• Several minor league coaching staffs were announced this past week, including the return of former first-round pick Eric Duncan, who will be a defensive coach in Staten Island this season.

• Having not pitched in the big leagues since 2012, Johan Santana began pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League this past week. The Yankees were reportedly among the teams scouting him. After multiple injuries, Santana seems like a reach as anything more than a non-roster invitee to spring training (just my opinion).

• In case you’re curious, our annual Pinch Hitters series will start this coming week. I’ve contacted a few of the early Pinch Hitters and will try to get in touch with all the rest in the next week or so. Thank you to all of you who submitted ideas. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had so many proposals. I usually divide the proposals into Definitely, Maybe and No categories. This year, I had more Definitely selections than I actually had spots to fill, so there were some really interesting ideas that had to be cut out. Thanks again everyone. Some great stuff in this year’s Pinch Hitters.

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On the 40-man: Chase Whitley

Chase Whitley

Up next in our look at every individual on the Yankees 40-man roster is a college reliever who moved into the rotation to find a path to the big leagues. It usually goes the other way around — from starter to reliever — but in this case, the Yankees have a starter who’s perfectly comfortable falling back into a relief role.

WhitleyCHASE WHITLEY

Age on Opening Day: 25
Acquired: 15th-round draft pick in 2010
Added to the 40-man: Put on roster for a spot start in May of last year

In the past: A college reliever at Troy University, Whitley moved through the Yankees system quickly. He got to Triple-A early in his second full season of pro ball, but he stalled there until last season when the Yankees moved him full-time into the rotation and called him up for a spot start against the Mets. Whitley stuck in the rotation for basically two months, getting off to a terrific start before slumping his way back into the bullpen. He had a 2.56 ERA in his first seven starts; an 8.03 the rest of the season.

Role in 2015: The possibilities are wide open. Whitley has played basically every role on a pitching staff, from starter to long man to late-inning reliever. For now, he seems most likely to open the season as a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter, providing rotation depth much like he did early last season. Whitley could also make the big league team as an extra long man in the bullpen.

Best case scenario: Always equipped with a good changeup, Whitley improved his slider/cutter and clearly became a more complete pitcher last season. His workload was larger than ever before in his career, which might help explain his decline as the season progressed. The best hope for Whitley is that those first few starts were a legitimate sign of his ability at this level. Ideally, he’s essentially a replacement for David Phelps as a versatile pitchers comfortable in either the rotation or the bullpen; perhaps not overwhelming but absolutely valuable.

Worst cast scenario: When Whitley’s run of strong major league starts came to an end, it was a spectacular end. He allowed 11 hits and eight runs through 3.1 innings on June 23, and he went another month before having another particularly strong outing. The worst-case scenario is that Whitley’s first few outings were a fluke built on unfamiliarity. Without overpowering stuff, he’ll have to constantly prove himself to stick around.

What the future holds: In trading away Phelps, Shane Greene and Manny Banuelos, the Yankees gave up some of their relatively young upper-level rotation depth this winter. They still have some in place — Bryan Mitchell, newly acquired Jose De Paula — but Whitley isn’t really overshadowed at this point. If he has another solid year, he could lock himself into at least a lingering role as an up-and-down sixth starter or long reliever who can plug holes as necessary. With a strong year, he could emerge as the new Phelps. He has the potential to stick around for a while if he performs.

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Best of what’s left: Offense running dry on free agent market

As you’re probably well aware, I like doing this a few times each offseason: take a look at the best of what’s still available on the free agent market. Seems like a good way to look for readily available players who might be able to play a role for the Yankees in some capacity next season. For now, it seems the Yankees are finished spending significant money, but some of these players might have to settle for minor league deals at this point.

Here’s a 25-man roster made entirely of players who are still free agents:

Ichiro SuzukiLINEUP
RF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Everth Cabrera
CF Colby Rasmus
LF Ryan Ludwick
1B Lyle Overbay
DH Jonny Gomes
2B Rickie Weeks
3B Gordon Beckham
C Geovany Soto

BENCH
C John Buck
INF Kelly Johnson
OF Eric Young Jr.
UT Donnie Murphy

Yikes. The offense has run dry on the free agent market. If Cuban infielder Hector Olivera were cleared to sign at this point, he’d probably fit in as the cleanup hitter for this bunch. As it is, Rasmus might be the only everyday player still on the market. There’s also Cabrera, who I’d completely forgotten about when I started working on this post. I suppose he could still be an everyday shortstop for some team willing to put up with all that comes with him. As for that bench, you could pick different guys if you’d like. Maybe you like Ramon Santiago as a utility type, or you favor Gerald Laird behind the plate, or you think Nate Schierholtz might still be a viable platoon option. Whatever your preference, the basic point remains the same: any team looking to add reliable offense from the free agent market at this point is really out of luck.

Joba ChamberlainROTATION
Max Scherzer
James Shields
Ryan Vogelsong
Roberto Hernandez
Chris Young

BULLPEN
Rafael Soriano
Francisco Rodriguez
Casey Janssen
Joba Chamberlain
Jose Veras
Phil Coke
Alexi Ogando

Obviously the group of available starters thins considerably after Scherzer and Shields. Those two are the clear standouts among available free agents, after that, there are a few buy-low, back-of-the-rotation types still out there. I went with Vogelsong, Hernandez and Young, but you might prefer Chad Billingsley, Kyle Kendrick or Brandon Beachy. In the bullpen, former closers Soriano, Rodriguez and Janssen could — in theory — provide legitimate value for another year or two, and there are other experienced relievers who could certainly make a big league bullpen this spring. I mentioned three former Yankees in Chamberlain, Coke and Veras. Teams looking for bullpen help could still find some, but the Yankees’ bullpen seems to be in good shape. Might become interested in a guy like Soriano or Janssen, but only at the right price. At this point, it seems the Yankees are more likely to go with what they have.

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On the 40-man: Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano

Continuing our one-by-one look at everyone on the Yankees 40-man roster, we’ll next move to a left-handed pitcher who seemed to be a short-term fill in last season, but wound up pitching well enough that the Yankees brought him in as a little rotation insurance this season.

Capuano (2)CHRIS CAPUANO

Age on Opening Day: 36
Acquired: Originally acquired in July; re-signed in December
Added to the 40-man: Officially added December 16

In the past: An eighth-round pick back in 1999, Capuano has built a solid 10-year career that includes one All-Star selection and more than 220 big league starts. He opened last season as a reliever with the Red Sox, but upon being released, he joined the Rockies as a minor league starter for a few days before the Yankees went after him to plug yet another hole in their wounded 2014 rotation. He provided much-needed stability with a 4.25 ERA through the end of the season.

Role in 2015: Once again short-handed in the rotation, the Yankees have once again turned to Capuano as a cheap fill-in starter. He was signed to a one-year, $5-million deal, and general manager Brian Cashman has never left any doubt that Capuano is penciled into the Opening Day rotation. When he signed, Capuano was basically the fourth starter, but the Yankees have since added Nathan Eovaldi, putting Capuano in the No. 5 starter role for which he seems pretty well suited. Could be nothing more than a placeholder until Ivan Nova returns from the disabled list.

Best case scenario: Less is more. If all goes well, the Yankees will have Nova back from Tommy John surgery within the first two months or so. That leaves Capuano with about 10 starts to hold down the fort. He made 12 starts for the Yankees last year, and if he can perfectly repeat those results, the Yankees should be pretty happy. He doesn’t have to lead the rotation, he just has to be solid for a while. A short burst of stability would be about as good as it can get.

Worst case scenario: Four times in his career, Capuano has made at least 30 starts in a season. In each of those seasons, he’s finished with double-digit wins, and in three of the four he’s had an ERA of 4.03 or better (last time he did that was as recent as 2012, a pretty nice year with the Dodgers). Capuano is probably a little better than he gets credit for being, but even so, another 30-start year from Capuano would mean something didn’t go quite right. He might be able to more than hold his own with a full season’s worth of starts, but the Yankees would rather their other, younger starters be healthy enough to make Capuano unnecessary at some point.

What the future holds: Capuano turns 37 in August, he throws left-handed, and he just might have a few more years in him in this familiar role as a spot starter, long reliever or bullpen lefty. But the Yankees surely will have little room for him beyond this season. Given the overwhelming amount of left-handed bullpen depth they’ve acquired in the past 12 months, and their obvious desire to get younger, this is likely Capuano’s final stint with the Yankees. And it might not even last the whole year.

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Yankees come to terms with Eovaldi and Carpenter

Carpenter EovaldiThe Yankees have signed all of their arbitration-eligible players.

A source confirmed that the team reached agreements tonight with starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and reliever David Carpenter. Eovaldi will make $3.3 million next season; Carpenter will make $1.275 million.

Combined with today’s earlier agreement with Michael Pineda, Wednesday’s deal with Ivan Nova, and last month’s new contract with Esmil Rogers, the Yankees have now signed all their arb-eligible players.

I believe Andy Martino was first with the Eovaldi and Carpenter agreements.

 
 

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