The New York Yankees finished most of their refereeing sessions on Friday afternoon. Only Glaber Torres and Jimmy Cordero are left to settle, but the Bombers have locked up some of their best talent at a very reasonable price for the 2023 season (Bear Spottrack).
Yankees sign nine players to avoid arbitration, closed for 2023:
1.) Frankie Montas
Montas, 30, signed a $7.5 million deal in his third year of arbitration. It will account for 2.91% of the payroll coming from the polar 2022 season. Montas was great with the Oakland Athletics, posting a 3.18 ERA, but his performance dropped sharply once he joined the Yankees, hosting a 6.35 ERA. Montas has been dealing with an injury down his stretch, so the Yankees expected him to bounce back in this upcoming campaign.
2.) Jose Treviño
The Yankees and Jose Treviño settled for $2.36 million in the first year of arbitration. Treviño has been an exceptional defensive player after his acquisition from the Texas Rangers last season. He hit .248 with a .283 OBP, 11 homers, and a 91 wRC+.
3.) German Domingo
The Yankees settled with Domingo German for $2.6 million in the second year of arbitration. Germain is expected to play an important role at the back end of the starting rotation to help supplement fatigue. At age 30, Hermann posted a 3.61 ERA over 72.1 innings pitched last season. His Steamer projections put him at 4.25 ERA across 85 innings this coming season.
4.) Kyle Higashioka
Kyle Higashioka settled on a $1.46 million deal in his second year of arbitration at the age of 31. Higashioka is a decent reserve fielder who provides a mid-league defense and a bit of a pop to his bat at times. Ideally, Austin Wells would find his climb to the MLB in 2023, providing the Yankees with an offensive option in the catch position.
5.) Michael King
At 28, Michael King is coming off bullpen’s arm from a season-ending injury. He settled on a $1.3 million deal but was in the middle of an incredible campaign before closing things down. He had a 2.29 ERA across 51 innings pitched, making 34 appearances.
6.) Jonathan Loiziga
Jonathan Loisega expects to have a big role in 2023, as he settled for $2.26 million in his second year of arbitration. Loáisiga finished with a 4.13 ERA across 48 innings pitched last season, but should get back to his usual self next year as long as he can stay healthy.
7.) Andy Peralta
One of the Yankees’ most underrated arms, Wandy Peralta, settled for $3.35 million in his fourth year of arbitration. Peralta is the team’s best left-handed relief pitcher, Aroldis Chapman’s arrival on the free agent market. At 31 years old, he posted a career best 2.72 ERA last season across 56.1 innings pitched.
8.) Nestor Curtis
Nestor Curtis and Yanks settled for $3.2 million in his first years of arbitration at the age of 28. Curtis enjoyed his best season as a pro last year, posting a 2.44 ERA across 158.1 innings pitched. He has become a standout piece in the Yankees rotation and drafts with another solid campaign.
9.) Clay Holmes
Closer star Clay Holmes earned $3.3 million in his second year of judging. Coming into his best season yet, Holmes is a major gear for the Yankees, but the team needs to make sure he stays healthy for the long haul because overuse fell on him late in the season.