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Yankees Offseason Notes: Kevin Youkilis deal becomes official and ‘El Nino’ signs elsewhere

As of early this morning–Kevin Youkilis is officially a New York Yankee. The Yankees agreed to a one year contract for the former Boston Red Sox infielder, who said that family influenced his decision to come play in New York.

“The first thing was family.” Youkilis said during a conference call. “I wanted to make sure with all these options what was best for the family.” Youkilis’s family believed that being in New York City for a year would have been unbelievable and the fact that the Yankees could of had a chance to win the World Series in 2013.

During the conference call, Youkilis said that he had received a voice mail from Joba Chamberlain–the both of them have had a rough history together. Youkilis said that he hasn’t worked out on trying to reach out to Chamberlain as of yet due to multiple voice mails and calls to return. “For me personally, it’s a new teammate.” Youkilis said of Chamberlain. “We’re going to go out there and take the field together. He goes out there to pitch and hopefully I can play great defense behind him. And if he gets in a jam, we can stop it.”

Before you ask, no Youkilis will not play in the outfield as a Yankee. He will be used as a third baseman, a first baseman and a DH. When Alex Rodriguez returns from surgery, both Youkilis and A-Rod will be in the lineup somehow. Just don’t ask him to play shortstop. “If they put me at short, we’re going to be in a lot of trouble there.”

In Other News

— The Yankees will have to deal with one more familiar face joining another team. Ramiro Pena (or as known in New York as ‘El Nino’) has signed a major league contract with the Atlanta Braves. It’s not surprising that Pena is going to a different team since he barely had time to play for the Yankees, but the fact that’s surprising is that he signed a major league contract. Pena’s fielding is tremendous–but his hitting makes you want to cringe every time there’s an RBI situation and he’s up to bat. We’re going to miss you Pena.

Kevin Youkilis signs with the New York Yankees

Yep, the Kevin Youkilis waiting game is over. According to Ken Rosenthal, Kevin Youkilis signed with the Yankees for a one-year, $12 Million contract, marking this the first signing of the offseason for the Yankees that wasn’t a re-signing (Yankees signed Hiroki Kuroda, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Brett Gardner all on one year deals). Here’s the tweet from Rosenthal:

Andy Pettitte re-signs with the Yankees

Andy Pettitte re-signs with the Yankees

By Delia E.

The last time we saw Andy Pettitte with the New York Yankees, it was in 2010. After calling it a career in the 2010 off season and not playing during the 2011 season, Andy Pettitte had a change of heart and is now has re-signed with the New York Yankees for the 2012 season. The Yankees & Pettitte agreed on a 1 year, $2.5 Million minor league contract which includes an invitation to what is left in Spring Training! Here are some tweets about Pettitte’s return.

Yankees Sign OF Reynolds

Yankees Sign OF Reynolds

By Delia E.

The New York Yankees signed third baseman/outfielder Burt Reynolds after watching him play for the independent Newark Bears & Can-Am Baseball Association in 2011. Reynolds has some family members in the game; his cousin happens to play 2nd base for the New York Yankees whose name happens to be Robinson Cano. Last season Reynolds hit .232 with 13 HR’s, 36 RBI’s & 11 SB. He was a 30th round draft pick for the Washington Nationals and spent time in Tampa Bay’s minor league system before joining the Can-Am league.

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.


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 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.

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.


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.

BREAKING: Yankees will tender contracts to 6 eligible for arbitration

BREAKING: Yankees will tender contracts to 6 eligible for arbitration

By Delia E.

According to Mark Feinsand of the Daily News, the Yankees are going to tender the contracts for the 6 players that were eligible for arbitration. The Yankees will contact Brett Gardner, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Russell Martin & Phil Hughes sometime tonight to discuss a new contract.