Hughes, Joba, Logan all agree to one year deals

So it has come to this: Kevin Millwood as a rotation option
Five biggest outs of the 2010 season

Via Jon Heyman, the Yankees have avoided arbitration with both Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. The former gets $2.7M, the latter $1.4M. I had Hughes getting around $3.5M and Joba about $1.8M, so I clearly need to sharpen my arb skills. Both players were eligible for arbitration for the first time, and they’re still pretty underpaid compared to what they’d get on the open market.

Update: Boone Logan signed for $1.2M according to Heyman. I pegged him for a $1M salary or so. Unlike Hughes and Joba, it was Logan’s second time up for arbitration, though he’s a Super Two and gets four cracks at the process.

These three plus Sergio Mitre were the only Yankees eligible for arbitration this winter. Mitre signed back in December, so it all got taken care of without a hearing(s). Good stuff.

So it has come to this: Kevin Millwood as a rotation option
Five biggest outs of the 2010 season
  • PaulF

    Good deals.

  • Kiersten

    $1.4MM? That’s a steal for a fourth starter.


    • Rafael

      I came here just to say that, but you already did.

    • Bulldozer

      Or Levine says, “We are paying Soriano 3/35mm, Joba in the pen at 1.4mm is a steal.”

      Oh well. I’ll always remember the Big Three.

  • JGS

    Ok, Yankees. Joba has agreed to a contract paying him reliever money. Now go make him a starter.

    /dead horse

    • Mike Axisa

      Look at Hughes’ salary, they saved about $1.3M by keeping Joba in the pen. They weren’t hurting his development for $1.3M.

      • JGS

        Oh, I know. I’m just irrationally grasping at straws here.

      • Ed

        I think being in the bullpen hurts the players value more than you give it credit for when looking at arbitration values.

        I think Hughes had his salary knocked back due to the short track record as a full time starter, and Joba’s time as a starter wasn’t really being considered for his amount.

        As for JGS’s comment, I don’t think he was referring to the past. I think he’s saying that now that Joba agreed to a contract at reliever money, they can go ahead and say they’re putting him in the rotation next year knowing that they saved a little money by delaying the announcement.

        I also don’t think he really believes they’re going to do that, nor do I, but if they really were going to have him start, that’s how I’d do it.

      • The Real JobaWockeeZ

        Maybe the 5th starter competition really was a competition and to save money the loser is pegged bullpen for life just to save some money.

        I mean they did want to save a million by cutting Bruney. But yeah Joba really has no shot with the FO.

        • The Big City of Dreams

          “But yeah Joba really has no shot with the FO.”

          So one should get him a one way ticket to St. Louis. I’m sure Duncan would love to get his hands on him.

          • The Big City of Dreams


          • Corporate Scum (formerly Joe West’s Music Career)

            Maybe they give us Rasmus for him. Trade ‘headaches’.

    • Midland TX


  • Monteroisdinero

    $2.7MM for a #2 is the steal. Glad Phil still lives with his mom and dad and doesn’t have a mortgage. A far cry from Jeter’s 30,000 sq ft home in Tampa and 5 million dollar apt in NYC.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      $5 mil? I know real estate is depressed, but I don’t think it’s that depressed.

      • Monteroisdinero

        So someone will overpay just like we did for Jeets this year.

  • B-Rando

    Good signings all around.

  • Monteroisdinero

    1.4 M buys a lot of beer for the single man. Spend it on a personal trainer Joba!

    • Jacklyn Mehoff

      But it doesn’t buy a lot of meth, unless you have a family connection.

      • pat

        Nope, still buys a ton of Meth.

      • Monteroisdinero

        An infrequent commenter comes in strong! Did you intentionally drop the t from your last name?


  • Chris

    Were numbers ever exchanged between the two sides?

  • J.R.

    Wow, this really shows how much they dis trusted Wang.

    • radnom

      Why is that? This is just a one year deal to avoid arb, not an extension. If Hughes gets injured this year they could non-tender him the same as Wang two offseasons ago.

  • Kaywizz22

    Anyone know what the payroll is now after Soriano and these deals?

  • scooter10

    I have the payroll unofficially at $190m. This does not include Marte or Igawa who will not on the 25-man roster on opening day. Nor does it include the 3 and under players (Gardner, Roberston, Pena, Cervelli). Figure another $2m for these guys.

    • Mike Myers

      if arod hits 47 he gets his first bonus check right? 6mm?

      • Monteroisdinero

        If he does, I will be shocked. Next guy to hit 47 for the Yanks is you know who.


        • MikeD

          I was thinking Brett Gardner. A nice Brady Anderson-steroid plan should have him at 47 homers this year.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    Joba should be pissed in his compensation as compared to Hughes which is insome part based on the Yankee mismanagement of his progress with the Joba Rules. If he’s not injured the Yanks would be doing an injustice to his career by not putting him the rotation. If he’s being protected because of injury then leave him in the bullpen. Sign Millwood and have Nova as our long relief until he can pitch with runners on base and with confidence 4 or more innings in a game.

    You need to get to the 7 inning with a tie or lead before the bullpen can save anything!

  • aRX

    $2.8M almost seems like an insult…I guess I really need to read up on the arbitration process.