Jan
18

Today’s the deadline to exchange arbitration numbers

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Not a huge milestone, but today is the day teams and players exchange arbitration figures. Wilson Betemit, Chien-Ming Wang, Brian Bruney, and Robinson Cano are due raises. Teams and players can negotiate contacts up until the hearing, so today is just a formality. As PeteAbe notes, the Yanks never give out long-term contracts to arbitration guys. They even went to a hearing with Derek Jeter before the ’99 season — and lost.

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  • RollignWave

    Local news here ( in Taiwan) called Wang’s agent and they say their going to the hearings.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Strange. They still have a month or so to work out a deal, whether one-year or long-term.

  • Tripp

    I still don’t understand why the Yanks don’t just buy the arbitration years and a few years of free agency.

  • JRVJ

    My guess is that they figure they will always be able to sign any free agent that wants to stay in NY (i.e., not much you can do if a FA does a Pettitte/Clemens after 2003 and goes back home), and this way they don’t overpay for the arb years if the player gets injured or starts sucking….

  • Tripp

    Buy out his arbitration years and his salary can’t raise to much. Also won’t be able to cash in on Free agent market for a few years.

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