Yankees agree to terms with all nine arbitration-eligible players

On Friday afternoon, the New York Yankees agreed to terms with all nine of their arbitration eligible players on one-year contracts for the 2020 season.  This marks the third season in a row the Yankees will have avoided going to arbitration hearings with any of their players.  The team was set to go to a hearing with RHP Luis Severino last winter, but instead agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract before the hearing date. 


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As a reminder, Major League Baseball arbitration is a contractual process for players who have accrued three years of service time (but less than six), as well as those deemed to be “Super Two” players.  It represents the first opportunity for players to earn raises from league-minimum salaries, based on their performance in prior seasons.  Friday, January 10th at 1:00pm EST was the deadline for teams and players around the league to submit arbitration figures, with the majority of cases ending in one-year agreements (or long-term extensions), thus avoiding hearings. 

Below is a breakdown of all 2020 arbitration-eligible Yankees with MLB Service times, arbitration year, and 2020 guaranteed salaries: 

Player 
Position 
MLB Service Time^ 
Arbitration Year 
2020 Salary Agreement 
Jonathan Holder 
RHP 
2.124 
1st# 
$750,000 
Chad Green 
RHP 
3.050 
1st 
$1,275,000 
Jordan Montgomery 
LHP 
2.153 
1st# 
$750,000 
Luis Cessa 
RHP 
2.131 
1st# 
$895,000 
Tommy Kahnle 
RHP 
4.131 
3rd# 
$2,650,000 
James Paxton 
LHP 
5.151 
4th# 
$12,500,000 
Aaron Judge 
RF 
3.051 
1st 
$8,500,000 
Gary Sanchez 
C 
3.086 
1st 
$5,000,000 
Gio Urshela 
3B 
2.127 
1st# 
$2,475,000 
^ MLB Service Time figures per Baseball Reference 
Signifies a Super Two player who will have four total years of arbitration 

The Yankees are in a unique position this year as only James Paxton is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season, and many of their first-time arbitration eligible players became eligible ahead of their third full year of MLB service. 

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Prior to last season, the team almost never made any long-term deals with its players ahead of free agency, but then both Severino as well as Aaron Hicks (who would have been a free agent this winter) agreed to deals to keep them in the Bronx for the foreseeable future.  Should the team follow the same path this winter, the most likely candidates appear to be Paxton & Judge, however, Judge might want to ride things out a little longer and not risk leaving money on the table by agreeing to a team-friendly deal three full seasons ahead of free agency. 

Article by: Andrew Natalizio

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