And another arb-eligible player checked off the list. The Yankees announced that they have agreed to terms on a new 1-year deal with Nathan Eovaldi today, avoiding arbitration in the process. Via Jon Heyman, the deal is worth $5.6 million, the exact midpoint between the numbers each side submitted last week and slightly below the MLBTR projection of 5.7 It's not quite the same as Didi's situation, as this was Eovaldi's second year of eligibility and he is not a Super Two, but it's similar in that Eovaldi does stand to make himself some big bucks in the future if he can continue to build on his solid 2015 season. He pitched to a 4.20/3.42/3.81 tripleslash in 154.1 innings, setting a new career high in K rate and racking up 3.2 fWAR in 27 starts before finishing the year on the DL with elbow soreness. Before the injury, Eovaldi was really humming along in July and August as he started to feel comfortable with his splitter as an effective third pitch and he is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go when Spring Training starts. If he can show that he has mastered the splitter and unlocks the full strikeout potential in the rest of his stuff over this season and the next, he could force the Yankees to make a tough decision on him when he hits free agency. Assuming they don't extend him before then, of course. He still hasn't turned 26.
With Eovaldi re-signed, we're down to just Ivan Nova and Aroldis Chapman who have yet to sign. I could see Chapman going to arbitration because of how low the Yankees' offer was. Nova I think they'll settle with around 4 mil eventually.