Friday, January 16, 2015

Yankees could exchange salary arbitration figures with three players

The New York Yankees might end up exchanging salary arbitration figures with right-handers Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and David Carpenter if they don’t come to an agreement Friday by 1:00 p.m. ET.

The Yankees have not had an arbitration hearing since 2008 and the likelihood of one with any of these players is slim. The club and the players would still have ample time to come to an agreement before a hearing takes place if an accord is not reached Friday. The hearings begin Feb. 1 and end Feb. 21.

The usually spot-on team at MLB Trade Rumors supplied the following projected salaries for the players -- Pineda ($2.1 million), Eovaldi ($3.1 million) and Carpenter ($1.1 million). The Yanks reached an agreement with Esmil Rogers Dec. 2, 2014, on a split contract worth $750K guaranteed and $1.48 million if he stays will the big league club. Earlier this week the Yankees agreed to a one-year non-guaranteed contract with Ivan Nova for $3.3 million.

Pineda, who turns 26 in two days, is one of several keys to the Yankees success in 2015. He was at times their best pitcher in 2014, but his issues with pine tar and then injury forced him to miss more than half the season. He finished with a 5-5 record, 1.89 ERA (2.71 FIP) and 0.825 WHIP in 13 starts (76.1 IP). Pineda has not pitched a full season in the majors since 2011 when he threw 171 innings; the year before he was traded to the Yankees. If the Yanks have any shot of postseason contention, Pineda will need to come close to making 30 starts and/or reaching 200 innings.

Eovaldi, 25 in February, is a wild card for the upcoming season. The power-pitcher has plenty of potential, but has yet to find a way to keep guys off the bases (he surrendered a league-leading 223 hits in 2014). In his defense, he suffered through some fielding problems behind him last season as witnessed by a wide ERA/FIP difference (4.37/3.37). Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild will work with Eovaldi to help him move to the next level of performance but it will not be an easy task against the American League East. The club is counting on Eovaldi to be a workhorse at the backend of the rotation.

Carpenter, 29, came over to the Yankees from Atlanta and steps right into a setup role leading up to either Andrew Miller or Dellin Betances. Carpenter has been quite effective the last two seasons (2.63 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 10.0 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 across 126.2 total innings) and he’s now part of one of the best bullpens in the game.

Check back for updates as the day progresses.

Updated: January 17, 2015, 1:25 p.m. - The Yankees avoided arbitration coming to agreements with Pineda ($2.1 million), Eovaldi ($3.3 million) and Carpenter ($1.3 million).

Photo of Michael Pineda courtesy of Keith Allison via Flickr.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer and sports media strategist. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.