This past week, relievers Joba Chamberlain, David Robertson, and Boone Logan, as well as starter Phil Hughes, all filed for arbitration. This is a contractual process where players can negotiate for more money with their respective team and is generally settled before hearings commence in February. As of now, Logan, Chamberlain, and Hughes have all avoided arbitration and amicably agreed to one year deals each. However, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees and Robertson are a little apart on salary figures and might have some negotiating to do,
“david robertson files at $3.55M, #yankees at $2.85M.”
As mentioned, hearings are over a month away, therefore between now and then, the Yankees can continue to negotiate with Robertson until a number is agreed upon. However, if for some reason a contract cannot be agreed upon, an arbitration panel made up of three people will mediate and choose a number between Robertson's request of $3.55 million and the Yankees number of $2.85 million.
Robertson is expected to set-up closer Mariano Rivera in 2013.
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