The Yankees have agreed on non-guaranteed one-years deals with the 21 pre-arbitration players on their 40-man roster, according to a report by the Associated Press. The deals have split salaries, with one amount for MLB play and the other for MiLB play.
Aaron Judge, understandably, received the largest raise in this class of players. His salary jumped by $62,000 to $684,300 for 2019, assuming he plays the entirety of the season in the major leagues (he will).
Judge heads the list of players eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2020, with Gary Sánchez, Chad Green, Jordan Montgomery and Jonathan Holder getting their final pre-arbitration salaries as follows:
- Judge: $684,300 ($311,150 in minors)
- Sánchez: $669,800 ($310,200 in minors)
- Green: $598,650 ($285,400 in minors)
- Montgomery: $596,600 ($290,225 in minors)
- Holder: $580,300 ($262,947 in minors)
The Yankees have many other players who will remain pre-arbitration players going forward because of their service time situations:
- Miguel Andújar: $617,600 ($269,216 in minors)
- Gleyber Torres: $605,200 ($240,210 in minors)
- Luis Cessa: $578,975 ($210,768 in minors)
- Domingo Germán: $577,500 ($190,150 in minors)
- Luke Voit: $573,200 ($145,673 in minors)
- Tyler Wade: $572,000 ($155,691 in minors)
- Clint Frazier: $563,300 ($222,711 in minors)
- Kyle Higashioka: $562,900 ($160,207 in minors)
- Jonathan Loáisiga: $560,550 ($92,766 in minors)
- Stephen Tarpley: $557,250 ($90,400 in minors)
- Chance Adams: $556,725 ($90,400 in minors)
- Ben Heller: $555,000 ($273,738 in minors)
- Albert Abreu: $555,000 ($90,400 in minors)
- Domingo Acevedo: $555,000 ($90,400 in minors)
- Thairo Estrada: $555,000 ($90,400 in minors)
- Joe Harvey: $555,000 ($45,300 in minors)
The good news for the Yankees and the players is that all involved agreed to their contracts. There were no outright renewals, which tends to sow distrust as players continue on through the arbitration process. We’ve seen how that affects certain players, especially since certain teams hit players with thousands of dollars in penalties should they not agree to the salary.
It seems the minor league salary is just calculated as a multiple of the number of years a player has spent on the 40-man roster. Harvey is the new guy, while guys like Abreu, Acevedo and Estrada are making exactly double his number.
These deals are non-guaranteed, meaning the Yankees could release any of these players and only be on the hook for a fraction of the money. I don’t see that happening with any of the players on the list at this point, however.