Four Yankees among 133 set for arbitration
Relievers Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, and David Robertson and starter Phil Hughes were the four Bombers choosing arbitration, joining a handful of well-known Major Leaguers who also filed Tuesday.
The Yankees moved quickly with one of the foursome, agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million deal with Hughes on Wednesday night, and the others are scheduled to swap proposed salaries with the team on Friday. Should any of them fail to reach an agreement with the team like Hughes and Brett Gardner, who avoided arbitration by inking a one-year, $2.85 million deal back in December, did, they will have a hearing with a three-arbitrator panel in Phoenix sometime in February.
Among AL East teams on filing day, only Toronto had less players file, with three, including newcomers Emilio Bonifacio and Josh Thole – who was eligible under a change in the new MLB labor contract – electing arbitration.
Tampa Bay had four players file, Baltimore had seven – with catcher Matt Wieters and closer Jim Johnson the most notable Birds on the list – and Boston had eight, including outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and newly-acquired reliever Joel Hanrahan.
League-wide, San Francisco Giants catcher and 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey, Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward, Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson, and the 2011 World Series MVP, St. Louis third baseman David Freese, are among the notable names who filed for arbitration.
Under arbitration rules, anyone with at least three but less than six years of MLB service time is eligible for arbitration. Also, under the latest labor deal, the top 22 percent of players by service time with at least two years but less than three are eligible for arbitration; from 1991 through last year, that threshold was the top 17 percent in the 2-to-3-year group.
That change gave eligibility to six extra players this year: Thole, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld, Washington reliever Drew Storen, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, Colorado outfielder Tyler Colvin and Arizona third baseman Chris Johnson.
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