Projecting the Yankees’ arbitration cases

MLB Trade Rumors is out with their projections for the Yankees’ arbitration eligible players 2013 salaries, and they’re pretty favorable for the Yankees. The five players who will definitely be on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster (barring a trade) come to a projected total of $15.8 million, which is pretty darn good given that it includes Brett Gardner, Phil Hughes, and David Robertson (Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan rounding out the group). That Joba and Gardner missed substantial time in 2012 will keep their salaries down.

The Yankees obviously don’t do extensions with their arbitration eligible players as a rule, but if Hughes is really looking at earning just less than $6 million in his final year of arbitration, I think that bolsters the case for giving him an extension now at a pretty affordable rate for a mid-rotation starter in 2014 and beyond.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

6 thoughts on “Projecting the Yankees’ arbitration cases

  1. Well scratch Torii Hunter off some Yankee fans wish list. Looks like he's going to be a Tiger on a 2 year deal. That appears to leave just Ichiro or a trade for a right fielder, probably Ichiro.