Yankees, Robertson Avoid Arbitration

Good but not surprising news, the Yankees and David Robertson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3.1M according to Jon Heyman. Robertson filed for $3.55M and the club had countered with $2.85M. Reports are that they met in the middle at $3.10M. Robertson was the last of the pitchers arbitration eligible to agree to terms. Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan all reached agreements.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Logan get $3.15M? Why yes, he did. Does this mean anything? Probably not, I just find it amusing because Robertson seems to be a lot more reliable than Logan though to be fair, Logan wasn’t too abysmal last season (7-2, 3.84 ERA). He was also helped by a good stretch of pitched which happened to be sandwiched by the usual Logan-esque performances.

Back to Robertson, he’s eligible for free agency after the 2014 season so look for this to happen again before next season.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

5 thoughts on “Yankees, Robertson Avoid Arbitration

  1. uyf1950

    Good deal for both Robertson and the Yankees. Although I still have a hard time thinking that Logan will make $50K more in 2013 than Robertson. The only justification I can see for the discrepancy is that this was Logan's 4th turn though arbitration and it was only Robertson's 2nd. If that's a justification at all.

    • BrienJackson

      Well…that's how the arbitration process works.

  2. uyf1950

    According to my best calculation if we add up all the guaranteed 2013 contracts and the players that qualify for pre-arb that will make the 25 man active roster the Yankees payroll for 2013 is just about $209MM +/-. That includes their portion of AJ Burnett's 2013 salary. Of that $209MM total about $102MM will be coming off the books at the end of the 2013 season as approximately 10 players become FA's.

    Please note the $209MM figure I mention is not based on the players AAV. But rather their recent signings and those figures posted on Cot's.

  3. jay_robertson

    Gotta suck to be D-Rob, to know that you're NOT Boone Logan, but you still get LESS money for being better…

    Stupid, stupid, stupid play by the Yankees. They really shoulda ponyed up a few more bucks and paid him MORE – no way he doesn't remember this when it comes time to negotiate his NEXT contract.

    • uyf1950

      Well look on the bright side when both players went through the arbitration process last year (for the 2012 season) Logan came out of it making making $275K more than Robertson. So Robertson's made up most of the difference this year. Now it's only a $50K difference.

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