Category Archives: Transactions

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David Aardsma signed a major league deal with the Yankees

David Aardsma signed a major league deal with the Yankees

by Matt S.!/BryanHoch/status/172369760401637376

It’s a major league deal worth 500,000 reported by Feinsand.  He will start the season on the DL as he is coming back from Tommy John surgery. The deal includes a club option for 2013.   I think this is a great add on for the Yankees.

Seems like a good guy.  He recognized us right away on twitter.!/TheDA53/status/172379162470920193

Yankees & Chavez Agree On 1 Year Deal

Yankees & Chavez Agree On 1 Year Deal

By Delia E.

Well it looks like when Joe Girardi made that slip up earlier today during an interview, it turned out to be what we all thought; an Eric Chavez signing. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Yankees & Eric Chavez agreed on a 1 year, $900,000 deal. The deal is major league and is pending a physical.

Yankees and Ibanez agree on a deal

Yankees and Ibanez agree on a deal

by Matt S.

Looks like the DH is in check.

Here is the latest.!/Joelsherman1/status/171586347813969920

Ibanez still has some pop against right-handers, with 16 HR and a .256 / .307 / .440 line against them in 2011.


Burnett To Pirates Deal Official

Burnett To Pirates Deal Official

By Delia E.

The tweet via Jon Heyman down below explains it all:

Let’s not cry all at once now, okay?

Yankees Sign LHP Rapada To Minor League Deal

Yankees Sign LHP Rapada To Minor League Deal

By Delia E.

The New York Yankees may start heading to Spring Training tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean the signings are going to stop. Yankees have signed LHP Clay Rapada to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to Spring Training  reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Rapada was with the Baltimore Orioles last season before being DFA’d on February 6. Rapada in his career has a 5-0 record & a 5.13 ERA. Here is the tweet, confirming the deal:

The deal comes shortly after Yankees released Hideki Okajima after he reportedly failed his physical.

Yankees Agree to Trade Burnett To Pirates

Yankees Agree to Trade A.J Burnett To Pirates

By Delia E.

Well, it seems that A.J Burnett is finally on his way out of the Bronx. The Pirates & the Yankees have agreed to a trade that would send A.J Burnett to the Pirates reported MLBTradeRumors. There is still “one final detail” that will be worked out but the Yankees will send $20 Million and Burnett to the Pirates for 2 low level minor leaguers. The final detail might just be which minor leaguers to send to the Yankees as the 2 teams are in a bit of a debate as to which minor prospects will make it to George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Burnett’s physical is scheduled for Sunday and due to the amount of money that is going around in the deal, the trade will need to be approved by the league. The Yankees and Pirates hope to talk to the commissioner sometime today. Burnett posted a 4.79 ERA, a 1.9 K/BB ratio & a 1.45 WHIP with 3 seasons in New York. He played a big role in the 2009 World Series & a role in the 2011 ALDS.

The Yankees will now be able to use some of their payroll and add a bat to the bench. It is rumored that the Yankees are interested in Raul Ibanez & Eric Chavez.

We wish A.J Burnett the best of luck with the Pirates and I’m sure some of us will be watching him.

Yankees Sign Bill Hall

Yankees Sign Bill Hall

By Delia E.

Well it’s official. The New York Yankees have signed Bill Hall to a contract based on this tweet:

More details to come on how much the deal is.

UPDATE (4:04pm): According to MLBTradeRumor, Bill Hall and the Yankee signed a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

UPDATE (5:33pm): It was reported also that Bill  Hall will earn a base salary of $600K in the Major Leagues and can earn more incentives based on plate appearances. If Hall is not on the Major League Roster by April 4, 2012 then Hall can opt out of his contract.

Kevin Whelan designated for assignment

Yankees designated RHP Kevin Whelan for assignment

by Matt S.

He was cleared to make room for the newly-signed Hiroki Kuroda on the 40-man roster. Whelan made two appearances with the Yankees last season. The 28-year-old could draw some interest on waivers.

Martin avoids arbitration

Martin avoids arbitration

by Matt S.

Martin has avoided arbitration with a one year deal.  The contract is worth 7.5 million.  It also has performance bonuses.

Yankees & Gardner agree on 1 year, $2.8 Million deal

Yankees & Gardner agree on 1 year, $2.8 Million deal

By Delia E.

And then there were 2. The New York Yankees & Brett Gardner agreed on a 1 year, $2.8 Million deal, thus avoiding arbitration. The price was a midpoint in between what Gardner was asking for ($3.2 Million) & what the Yankees originally offered Gardner ($2.4 Million).

This is Gardner’s 1st year becoming arbitration eligible. There are 2 players that remain unsigned by the Yankees, Boone Logan & Russell Martin.

Arbitration: Are The Players Worth The Asking Price?

On Tuesday evening, 3 Yankees filed for arbitration since they couldn’t reach an agreement with the Yankees: Brett Gardner, Boone Logan & Russell Martin. With the Yankees only getting 3 players (Phil Hughes, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain) out of the way, we might not know how ugly it could have gotten if all 6 of them filed for arbitration. Each of the Yankees had an asking price which competed with what the Yankees had offered them and I couldn’t help but have mixed opinions. Here was what it got me thinking, are the players really worth the asking price?

1. Russell Martin (Wanted $8.2 million, Offered $7 million)

Yankees catcher Russell Martin

Russell Martin made approximately $4 million in 2011, so to find that Martin is asking for double of what he made in 2011 was pretty shocking. Martin was a good asset to the Yankees in 2011 since he was able to whip the rotation into shape but his offensive performance faltered since he was constantly used by Joe Girardi. Martin was good defensively and he did hit 18 HR’s in 2011, but I doubt we will see Martin hit 18 HR’s again in 2012 if he becomes overused once again behind the plate.

If I Were Russell Martin: If I were him, I would have taken the $7 million and walked. He was getting a $3 million raise, so trying to push it by adding $1.2 million kind of shows that Martin really wants as much money as he could possibly get. Martin is a great catcher, but if I were him, I wouldn’t expect to see $8.2 million in 2012.

2. Boone Logan (Wanted $2.4 million, Offered $1.7 million)

Yankees LHP Boone Logan

In 2011, Boone Logan made $1.2 million for doing what he is supposed to do: come in and face lefties and that was exactly what he did. During the 2011 campaign vs. lefties, in 27.1 innings pitched, Logan had a 2.96 ERA, struck out 34 batters, held them to a .260 AVG and had a 1.24 WHIP. If I was just basing his lefty numbers on whether he deserves the $2.4 million I would say “why not,” but we aren’t basing everything just off of his lefty numbers, are we? Versus right handed hitters, Logan had a 4.40 ERA while pitching 14.1 innings. Logan struck out 12, held batters to a .262 AVG & had a 1.53 WHIP.

If I Were Boone Logan: If I were Boone Logan, I would have taken the $1.7 million that the Yankees offered. There had to be a reason that the Yankees said no to the $2.4 million in the first place and that had to be because Boone Logan can only pitch to left handed hitters. Honestly, just take the money and go Boone. Why make things difficult.

3. Brett Gardner (Wanted $3.2 million, Offered $2.4 million)

Yankees OF Brett Gardner

In 2011, Brett Gardner was paid a mere $529,000 for his civil service in left field. Before the 2011 season, the Yankees were thinking of platooning Gardner & Derek Jeter for the lead off spot just to see how the experiment worked out. Girardi pulled Gardner from the lead off spot so fast, Yankees fans didn’t even have time to blink. But if you take away the abysmal start to the 2011 campaign, Gardner performed to expectations. He had 49 stolen bases, a .345 OBP (which matched his 2009 OBP) & played remarkable defense for the Yankees, taking home the Fielding Bible Award for the second straight year.

If I Were Brett Gardner: If I were Brett Gardner I would have filed for arbitration the moment the Yankees tried to offer him $1.2 million less than what he deserves. Gardner has given service to the Yankees since coming up to the big leagues in June of 2008 and he is still making minor league money. It was time that Gardner got the raise that he deserved going into the 2012 campaign and hopefully the arbitrator can see that for himself.

These 3 Yankees are scheduled to meet with arbitrators sometime starting in February in Tampa, Florida. It is up to the arbitrators to see if they deserve the money, or if they should get what the Yankees offered them and stay quiet until next off season.

Arbitration – Joba, Robertson, Gardner, Martin, Logan

Arbitration – Joba, Robertson, Gardner, Martin, Logan

by Matt S.

This will be the tread of the arbitration announcements that come out today.

* The Yankees and RHP David Robertson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

* The Yankees avoided arbitration with RHP Joba Chamberlain by agreeing to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $1.675 million.

* Brett Gardner filed for arbitration at $3.2 million. The Yankees offered Gardner $2.4 million.

* Russell Martin filed for arbitration at $8.2 million. The Yankees offered Martin $7 million.

* Boone Logan filed for arbitration at $2.1 million. The Yankees offered Logan $1.7 million.

Yanks, Hughes avoid arbitration, agree to 1 year deal

Yanks, Hughes avoid arbitration, agree to 1 year deal

by Mike D.

Via CAA Baseball, the Yankees have avoided arbitration with Phil Hughes. They recently agreed to a one year, $3.2MM deal that includes several performance-based bonuses. This was the second time in the right-hander’s career that he was eligible for salary arbitration. Although his 2011 performance was poor, Hughes is receiving a $500K bonus from last year.


Garcia cannot be traded until June

Garcia cannot be traded until June

by Matt S.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York was told by a Yankees official that Freddy Garcia cannot be traded until June unless he gives the team permission. The Yanks almost surely would not have re-signed Garcia last month had they known they were going to execute a trade for Michael Pineda and signing of Hiroki Kuroda. With those additions, he now looks like one of the odd men out of the rotation, though he’ll, in theory, compete with A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes for the No. 5 spot in spring training. The veteran might prefer to pitch in a rotation elsewhere, though.

New signings DeWayne Wise & Adam Miller & Cole Garner

New signings DeWayne Wise & Adam Miller & Cole Garner

by Matt S.

Update: Another player to add to the list:

Yankees signed OF Cole Garner to a minor league deal. Garner became a free agent after being non-tendered by the Rockies in December. The 27-year-old had a brief stint with the big-league club last July, but spent the majority of the 2011 season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .330/.366/.557 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and a .923 OPS over 203 plate appearances. He’ll provide some outfield depth with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yankees signed RHP Adam Miller to a minor league contract. Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported the possible signing last month. Miller, a supplemental first-round pick of the Indians in 2003, missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons due to multiple surgeries on his right middle finger. The 27-year-old right-hander moved to the bullpen full-time last season, posting a 5.93 ERA and 39/21 K/BB ratio over 44 innings between High- and Double-A. The odds are against him, but the former top prospect is certainly worth the gamble.

Yankees signed OF DeWayne Wise to a minor league contract.  Ken Rosenthal of reported last month that the two sides were discussing. Wise, who turns 34 in February, batted just .202/.231/.303 over 104 plate appearances between the Blue Jays and Marlins last season. He’ll likely begin the year at the Triple-A level.

Yankees sent Curtis outright to AAA

Yankee sent OF Colin Curtis outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

by Matt S.

Curtis was designated for assignment on Friday to make room for Freddy Garcia on the 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder missed the entire 2011 season while recovering from shoulder surgery but was healthy enough to participate in Winter Ball.