Yankees Offseason Tracker

This page will document the 2018-19 Yankees offseason from a player management standpoint.

Last updated: February 19, 2019

Signings

  • Feb. 15, 2019 – Signed RHP Luis Severino to a 4-year, $40 million contract extending through the 2022 season, with a $15 million club option for the 2023 season.
  • Jan. 24, 2019 – Signed RHP Adam Ottavino, to a 3-year, $27 million deal.
  • Jan. 21, 2019 – Signed RHP David Hale to a MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Jan. 21, 2019 – Signed RHP Danny Farquhar to a MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Jan. 14, 2019 – Signed INF DJ LeMahieu to a 2-year, $24 million deal.
  • Jan. 11, 2019 – Agreed to terms with RHP Dellin Betances, 1B Greg Bird, RHP Sonny Gray, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP James Paxton and C Austin Romine on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts, thus avoiding arbitration. (Figures detailed below)
  • Jan. 11, 2019 – Signed LHP Zach Britton to a 3-year, $39 million contract with two-year team option after year two or one-year player option if team option is declined.
  • Jan. 4, 2019 – Signed INF Troy Tulowitzki to a 1-year, $555K contract.
  • Jan. 3, 2019 – Signed OF Billy Burns to MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Dec. 20, 2018 – Signed LHP Danny Coulombe to MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Dec. 20, 2018 – Signed LHP Rex Brothers to MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Dec. 17, 2018 – Signed LHP J.A. Happ to 2-year, $34 million deal with $17 million vesting option for 2021.
  • Dec. 12, 2018 – Signed RHP Yoljeldriz Diaz to a MiLB deal.
  • Nov. 21, 2018 – Signed RHP Dallas Martinez to MiLB deal.
  • Nov. 10, 2018 – Signed INF Gio Urshela to MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Nov. 10, 2018 – Signed C Francisco Díaz to MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Nov. 7, 2018 – Signed C Ryan Lavarnway to MiLB deal and invited him to Spring Training.
  • Nov. 6, 2018 – Signed LHP CC Sabathia to 1-year, $8 million deal.
  • Oct. 31, 2018 – Signed OF Brett Gardner to 1-year, $7.5 million deal.

Trades

  • Jan. 21, 2019 – Acquired OF Josh Stowers from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for 2B Shed Long.
  • Jan. 21, 2019 – Acquired 2B Shed Long and a Competitive Balance Round A pick in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for RHP Sonny Gray and LHP Reiver Sanmartín.
  • Jan. 16, 2019 – Acquired LHP Ronald Roman and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Tim Locastro.
  • Dec. 13, 2018 – Acquired OF Tyler Hill (Triple-A Rule 5 pick) from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations.
  • Nov. 28, 2018 – Traded INF Ronald Torreyes to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
  • Nov. 21, 2018 – Acquired OF Tim Locastro from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for RHP Drew Finley and cash considerations.
  • Nov. 20, 2018 –  Acquired RHP Jefry Valdez from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for RHP Jordan Foley.
  • Nov. 19, 2018 – Acquired LHP James Paxton from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson and OF Dom Thompson-Williams.

Other Transactions

  • Feb. 13, 2019 – Invited LHP Phillip Diehl and RHP Trevor Stephan to Spring Training.
  • Feb. 1, 2019 – Invited 21 players to Spring Training.
  • Jan. 14, 2019 – Designated OF Tim Locastro for assignment.
  • Jan. 11, 2019 – Cleveland Indians claimed RHP A.J. Cole off waivers.
  • Jan. 11, 2019 – Baltimore Orioles claimed INF Hanser Alberto off waivers.
  • Jan. 11, 2019 – Designated INF Hanser Alberto for assignment.
  • Jan. 4, 2019 – Designated RHP A.J. Cole for assignment.
  • Dec. 21, 2018 – Los Angeles Angels claimed RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers.
  • Dec. 17, 2018 – Designated RHP Parker Bridwell for assignment.
  • Nov. 26, 2018 – Claimed RHP Parker Bridwell off waivers from Los Angeles Angels.
  • Nov. 26, 2018 – Designated INF Ronald Torreyes for assignment.
  • Nov. 20, 2018 – Selected the contract of RHP Joe Harvey to 40-man roster.
  • Oct. 31, 2018 – Declined club option of OF Brett Gardner.

Free Agents

  • INF Adeiny Hechavarría (Signed minor-league deal with NY Mets)
  • RHP George Kontos (Signed minor-league deal with Chicago Cubs)
  • RHP Lance Lynn (Signed 3-year, $30 million deal with Texas)
  • OF Andrew McCutchen (Signed 3-year, $50 million deal with Philadelphia)
  • RHP David Robertson (Signed 2-year, $23 million deal with Philadelphia)
  • OF Shane Robinson (Signed minor-league deal with Philadelphia)
  • INF Neil Walker (Signed 1-year, $2 million deal with Miami)

Arbitration

Arbitration estimates from MLBTradeRumors.com

  • RHP Dellin Betances (avoided arbitration)
    • 2018 salary: $5.1 million
    • 2019 projection: $6.4 million
    • 2019 salary: $7.125 million
  • 1B Greg Bird (avoided arbitration)
    • 2018 salary: $582K
    • 2019 projection: $1.5 million
    • 2019 salary: $1.2 million
  • RHP Sonny Gray (Traded to Cincinnati Reds on Jan. 21)
  • SS Didi Gregorius (avoided arbitration)
    • 2018 salary: $8.25 million
    • 2019 projection: $12.4 million
    • 2019 salary: $11.75 million
  • CF Aaron Hicks (avoided arbitration)
    • 2018 salary: $2.825 million
    • 2019 projection: $6.2 million
    • 2019 salary: $6 million
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle (avoided arbitration)
    • 2018 salary: $1.3125 million
    • 2019 projection: $1.5 million
    • 2019 salary: Agreed upon but unknown
  • LHP James Paxton (avoided arbitration)
    • 2018 salary: $4.9 million
    • 2019 projection: $9 million
    • 2019 salary: $8.575 million
  • C Austin Romine (avoided arbitration)
    • 2018 salary: $1.1 million
    • 2019 projection: $2 million
    • 2019 salary: $1.8 million
  • RHP Luis Severino (signed extension)
    • 2018 salary: $604.975K
    • 2019 projection: $5.1 million
    • Salaries:
      • 2019: $4M+$2M bonus
      • 2020: $10M
      • 2021: $10.25M
      • 2022: $11M
      • 2023 (club option): $15M with $2.75M buyout
  • INF Ronald Torreyes (Traded to Chicago Cubs on Nov. 28)

Pre-Arbitration

Minor League Free Agents:

H/T PinstripedProspects.com for the list.

Signed:

  • RHP Adam Ottavino
    • Last contract: 3-year, $10.4 million (pre-FA extension) with Rockies
    • 2018 stats: 6-4, 2.43 ERA (2.74 FIP), 193 ERA+
    • New contract: 3-year, $27 million.
  • INF DJ LeMahieu
    • Last contract: 1-year, $8.5 million (avoided arbitration) with Rockies
    • 2018 stats: .276/.321/.428 (86 wRC+), 15 HR, 62 RBI
    • New contract: 2-year, $24 million.
  • LHP Zach Britton
    • Last contract: 1-year, $12,000,000, final arbitration with Orioles
    • 2018 stats: 2-0, 3.10 ERA (4.22 FIP), 140 ERA+
    • New contract: 3-year, $39 million with 2-year club option after 2020 or 1-year player option.
  • INF Troy Tulowitzki
    • Last contract: 6-year, $31-million extension with Rockies
    • 2018 stats: Did not play, bone spur surgery on both heels
    • New contract: 1-year, $555K. ($19.45 million from Blue Jays)
  • OF Billy Burns
    • Last contract: Non-40-man MiLB with Royals
    • 2018 stats: .255/.314/.316 (68 wRC+), 4 HR, 36 RBI, 10 SB (AAA)
    • New contract: MiLB deal with invitation to MLB Spring Training.
  • LHP Danny Coulombe
    • Last contract: 1-year, $550K (pre-arbitration) with Athletics
    • 2018 stats: 1-1, 4.56 ERA (5.10 FIP), 92 ERA+
    • New contract: MiLB deal with invitation to MLB Spring Training.
  • LHP Rex Brothers
    • Last contract: 1-year, $1,100,000 (Arb 1) with Braves
    • 2018 stats: 0-0, ∞ ERA, 17 ERA+
    • New contract: MiLB deal with invitation to MLB Spring Training.
  • LHP J.A. Happ
    • Last contract: 3-year, $36 million in 2015 with Blue Jays
    • 2018 stats: 17-6, 3.65 ERA (3.98 FIP), 117 ERA+
    • New contract: 2-year, $34 million with $17 million vesting option for 2021.
  • INF Gio Urshela
    • Last contract: 1-year, salary unknown (MiLB) with Blue Jays
    • 2018 stats: .307/.340/.475 (129 wRC+) (AAA – 27 games w/ SWB)
    • New contract: MiLB deal with invitation to MLB Spring Training.
  • C Francisco Díaz
    • Last contract: 1-year, salary unknown (MiLB) with Yankees
    • 2018 stats: .275/.381/.333, 1 HR, 33 RBI
    • New contract: MiLB deal with invitation to MLB Spring Training.
  • Ryan Lavarnway
    • Last contract: 1-year, $545K with Pirates
    • 2018 Stats:
      • .667/.667/.833 (320 wRC+) (MLB – 6 games)
      • .288/.375/.485 (145 wRC+) (AAA – 77 games)
    • New contract: MiLB deal with invitation to MLB Spring Training.
  • LHP CC Sabathia
    • Last contract: 1-year, $10 million with Yankees
    • 2018 stats: 9-7, 3.65 ERA (4.16 FIP), 120 ERA+
    • New contract: 1-year, $8 million.
  • OF Brett Gardner – $12.5M team option$2M buyout
    • Last contract: 4-year, $52 million in 2015 with Yankees
    • 2018 stats: .236/.322/.368 (90 wRC+), 12 HR, 45 RBI
    • New contract: 1-year, $7.5 million.

 

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