First it was Phil Hughes, and now the Yankees have avoided arbitration with Joba Chamberlain as well. Ken Davidoff reports that the two sides reached agreement on a $1.875 million base salary for 2013, with the potential for another $275,000 worth of incentives. That’s a solid deal for both sides, if you ask me, considering the amount of time Joba missed over the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery. It’s hard to make anything out of his relatively brief tenure in the big leagues last season, but he certainly had his moments once he shook the rust off in September. Like Hughes, Joba will be a free agent at the end of the season, so this would be a good time for him to put everything together and give a dominant performance out of the pen over a full season.
The Yankees now have just two arbitration eligible players unsigned in David Robertson and Boone Logan, and today is the deadline for submitting arbitration proposals, so my guess is that Brian Cashman wants to get these deals done soon.