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Five New York Yankees File for Salary Arbitration

January 17th, 2014 at 12:26 AM
By Karen Vankat

Today was the final day for players to file for salary arbitration with figures to be exchanged by Friday with hearings slated to begin in early February.

 The New York Yankees have five key players filing that include pitchers David Robertson, Ivan Nova, Shawn Kelley and position players Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli.

Robertson, Kelley and Gardner are in their third year of eligibility and Nova and Cervelli their first year.

'David Robertson' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Robertson has been one of the most reliable set up men over the last couple of years. David has reduced his walk rate and his coming off of the lowest WHIP of his career. Last year he made $3.1 million and this year will almost certainly double that to close to six. Right now Robertson is the projected closer unless the Yankees make a deal elsewhere.

Gardner is slated to start in left field and is projected to make around $4 million. Next year he will hit free agency which is why many around baseball believe the Yankees will trade him before the end of the season.

Kelley was a nice surprise last year for New York taking up a significant role in late inning relief and also came on the cheap at less then a million. Though he will command more than that this time around if Kelley can duplicate his performance from last season with key strikeouts in the seventh or eighth inning it will be well worth the price.

'Ivan Nova' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Nova is the projected No. 3 starter in the Yankees rotation and at  the age of 27 the Yankees will have arbitration rights through the rest of his 20's before having to decide to commit to a multi-year deal.

Cervelli will be coming off a drug suspension and injury 2013 season. With the signing of McCann Francisco will act strictly as the backup catcher, but will have to compete against Austin Romine and last year's surprise call up JR Murphy. Murphy actually impressed with his bat and glove and has moved into the Yankees top 10 prospects for 2014. Despite his trials and mistakes Cervelli was held over instead of last year's starter Chris Stewart.

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Tags: Baseball, Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Francisco Cervelli, Ivan Nova, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Shawn Kelley

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