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New York Yankees Sign All Arbitration Eligible Players to One-Year Contracts

January 19th, 2014 at 12:16 AM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees signed all of their eligible arbitration players to one -year contracts. Outfielder Brett Gardner will garner $5.6 million, reliever David Robertson $5.215 million, starting pitcher Ivan Nova will get $3.3 million and Shawn Kelley $1.765 million. Francisco Cervelli signed a $700,000 one year non-guaranteed contract on the 17th.

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The Yankees have no remaining unsigned players for salary arbitration. New York has 19 signed players putting the luxury tax total at $181.5 million.

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner told the media this week that the Yankees aren't done in tweaking the roster. According to Steinbrenner the starting pitching still needs to be shored up and reiterating that the organization is looking at all possibilities and talking to a number of people.

If the Yankees do secure a deal for Tanaka they will certainly go over the $189 million luxury tax threshold. In any event the Yankees for their starting rotation currently have CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova as a certainty. The fourth and fifth spot is up for grabs and right now David Phelps and Michael Pineda are possibilities if the Yankees don't secure another arm before Spring Training. There are still some known free agent pitching commodities on the market like Ubaldo Jimenez, Bronson Arroyo, Matt Garza and Ervin Santana. New York at this point doesn't seem to be interested in the free agents that are left.

Gardner will probably be the starting left fielder with the acquisition of Jacoby Ellsbury, Robertson the closer, Kelley set up man, Nova No. 3 starter and Cervelli with a non-guaranteed contract will have to compete for the backup catcher role behind newly acquired Brian McCann. Cervelli could be unseeded by either Austin Romine or JR Murphy who impressed when he was a late September call up.

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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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