Yanks And Ivan Nova Avoid Arbitration, Agree To 1-Year Deal

As first reported by Jack Curry, the Yankees and Ivan Nova agreed to a 1-year deal today, avoiding arbitration in the process.  The deal is for $4.1 million with some unknown performance incentives and it has been confirmed by the team.  Dollar amount is right smack dab in the middle of the figures that both sides submitted previously.

Nova is coming off a tough year in his first season back on the hill after TJS.  The Yankees were shopping him as aggressively as they could earlier in the offseason and he’s effectively lost his rotation spot based on his injuries and uneven performance, but with nobody biting on the trade front Nova obviously holds a lot more value to the team as part of the pitching staff.  He’s expected to work as a starter in spring camp but will likely settle into a long relief/swingman role as long as nobody gets hurt.  Nova has always had command problems, but he has the stuff to be an effective starter and possibly even a very effective reliever if he can establish some form of consistency.… Click here to read the rest

Yanks Avoid Arbitration With Didi, Agree To A 1-Year Deal

Three down, three to go.  Via Jack Curry, the Yankees knocked another one off the to-sign list yesterday, agreeing to a 1-year, $2.425 million deal with starting shortstop Didi Gregorius.  Didi filed for a $2.525 million salary last week while the team came in at 2.3, so this final figure is a bit above the midpoint and a small victory for Didi.

This was Didi’s first year of arbitration eligibility and based on service time he qualifies as a Super Two player, so he could be looking at some very nice paydays to come if he can continue to improve on his solid 2015 season.  After a sloppy start in the field and a slow start at the plate, Didi finished the year with a .265/.318/.370 batting line, 9 HR, 57 runs scored, 56 RBI, 5 defensive runs saved at short, and 3.1 fWAR.  His K rate was below 15% and he hit .294/.345/.417 in the second half of the year while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense.  … Click here to read the rest

Arbitration Update: Yanks Settle With Two, File Salaries With Four

The deadline for teams to come to terms with their arbitration-eligible players or submit salary figures for arbitration was yesterday, and the Yankees were able to reach new 1-year deals with 2 of their 6 eligible players.  They agreed to a 1-year, $4.3 million deal with Michael Pineda and a 1-year, $3.2 million deal with Dustin Ackley.  Those figures were right in line with the MLBTR projections.

They did not come to a deal with Aroldis Chapman, Ivan Nova, Nathan Eovaldi, and Didi Gregorius, although it was reported that both sides exchanged figures in all 4 cases.  The most notable figures were Chapman’s.  Via Jon Heyman, Chapman filed for $13.1 million and the Yankees filed for 9.  I’m sure they will agree to something in between and it won’t be a huge deal, but the idea that the Yankees move in and swung a trade for the best closer in baseball only to turn around and lowball him on his salary is pretty comical.  … Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: Six Yankees File For Arbitration

Last night was the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to file, and as expected all eligible players on the Yankees did so.  Thanks to the recent acquisition of Aroldis Chapman, the Yanks are up to 6 arb-eligible guys.  Here’s the complete list with salary predictions courtesy of MLBTR:

There’s no doubt that the Yankees will come to terms with all of these guys in the weeks to come.  What will be interesting to see is whether they go the extra step and try to sign anybody to an extension.  They’ve got some worthy candidates in Pineda and Eovaldi, and I could see them working something out with Didi.  It would probably save them a few bucks compared to letting him go year-to-year for the next 3 years, especially if he continues to improve offensively.… Click here to read the rest

Nine players are cashing in on MLB record earnings

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Prior to this offseason, the most FA contracts in a single winter that guaranteed a player at least $100MM was four. This year, two players have already exceeded deals of $200MM:

  • David Price, who signed a 7 year/$217MM deal with the Red Sox
  • Zack Greinke, who signed a 6 year/$206.5MM deal with the Diamondbacks

Two more should, at the very least, be close to the $200MM level:

  • Jason Heyward, was said to be looking for a deal of 8 or 9 years in the $24MM AAV range which would have been been a total of $192 to $216MM, but in the end, he agreed to a deal the Chicago Cubs last week at 8 years/$184MM, which was lower than anticipated.
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The Slippery Slope of MLB’s Deal with DraftKings

There are so many fun things going on this season that I should glory in a seven game division lead and sing the Yankees’ praises. And maybe I will do that next week. However, there has been something sticking in my craw for weeks now and I need to talk about it. The “It” is Major League Baseball’s marriage to DraftKings. The deal is, of course, worth millions to the league and its owners and you could even say that it draws more interest to the game from casual fans. But that doesn’t make this a good thing for the game.

First, some background, both personal and about how we got here. Let’s start with the latter. In 2006, the federal government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in response to a growing plague of online gambling sites. As a part of that law, it is spelled out that fantasy sports are not gambling because it is a game of skill and not of chance.… Click here to read the rest

The Myth About “Bad” Big Contracts

Courtesy: NY Newsday

The prevailing wisdom around the Yankees is that big contracts like the ones Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have are what is killing the team. In reality, those contracts have been fine and fans in general worry way too much about them.

I never get fans who would rather see the money go into the pockets of the owner than into the players’. The difference in the Yankees over the last two plus seasons is that they’ve been spending less and the performance on the field has suffered. Sure, Hal Steinbrenner fooled most people with his shopping spree in the 2013-14 offseason. People didn’t realize how much money came off the books and that the payroll was only about $120 million to begin that offseason, so the Yankees didn’t really go above and beyond at all.

The business model the Yankees used from 2001 through 2012 absolutely worked. The lack of championships are lamented, but the reality is that the Yankees put themselves in the best position to bring home rings every season winning 95 plus games.… Click here to read the rest

The Real Problem With Not Signing Yoan Moncada

It’s been over 24 hours since the news of the Red Sox signing prized Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada broke, and as I mentioned earlier I’m still struggling to make sense of it from a Yankee perspective.  This felt like it should have been a slam dunk.  This was going to be the big cherry on top of the international spending sundae, the big signing that got the Yankees back in the game of landing top-tier Cuban talent.  That’s a game the team has been hesitant to play since signing Jose Contreras, and the call for them to re-engage has grown incredibly loud as we’ve watched good player after good player sign with other teams over the past few years.

Once again the player in question did not sign with the Yankees, and this instance more than any other has generated a ton of negative reaction from the Yankee fanbase.  How could they lose out to the Red Sox?  How could they fail to make the biggest offer?  … Click here to read the rest

Why I’m Only Pretty Sure I’m Ticked They Let Moncada Go

Wow, my timing remains great: I write an ode to Frankie Cervelli one day before he’s unexpectedly traded, then a brief supporting a Moncada signing one day before he becomes a Red Sock. Feel free to hit me up for stock or pony tips, because I’m clearly clairvoyant. Anyhow, I’m ticked they didn’t get him, but it’s very possible I’m wrong:

(1) To start with, he seems worth it even if you’re not a cockeyed optimist. Even if he’s not at the level of a #1-2 overall draftee, and instead is only the 8th-15th best draftee, that’s good for an expected 11.5 WAR in his six team-controlled years, and $60m is well-below-market for that. And if he’s really a #1-2, his expected production is then easily double his pricetag, given that (as the same linked article shows) you can expect 24-28 WAR in the first six years of a #1-2 overall draftee.

(2) But the Yankees and all other teams declined to bid $70-80m after seeing him repeatedly, and we non-insiders saw him zero times.… Click here to read the rest