Quick List: Yankees Transactions, Signings, and Arbitration News from Jan. 11th

It’s been a busy day for the Yankees, not only because of the 1PM EST Arbitration Settlement Deadline, but also because they have officially announced one MLB signing, finalized a deal for another MLB player, and had two players claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles.

So far, they have settled with 3 of their 9 arbitration-eligible players, but have had 1 player file for a hearing (which will probably occur in February). As news comes out about the remaining 5 players, we will update this quick list.

However, let’s get to quickly unpacking everything that happened today:


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The Two Major League Signings:

The Yankees announced the official signing of LHP Zach Britton on a 3-Year Deal* (with a fourth year team option, which is best simplified here), and announced the finalization of a 2-Year Deal for INF DJ LeMahieu.

Here are some of our insights into the Zach Britton deal:

The Announcement

From Our Writers: Andy Signer’s Reaction, Paul Semendinger’s Reaction, Reaction from the Bronx Beat Podcast

To find our announcement post, click here.

Personal thoughts to be coming from our writers in the following days.


The Claims by the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles:

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We here at StartSpreadingTheNews wish both of these players the best with their careers- when they aren’t playing against the Yankees- with their new ball clubs.


The Three (Known) Arbitration Filings: (Sorted by time of announcement)

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The Yankees reached deals with all three of Greg Bird, Austin Romine, and Aaron Hicks, all of which were reported first by Bob Nightengale of USA Today.


One Arbitration Hearing to Come:

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Jeff Passan (now of ESPN, not YahooSports) was the first to report that the Yankees and their ace-pitcher Luis Severino were not able to agree to terms on a new contract for the 2019 season.


The Final Five: (sorted by MLB service time)

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News has yet to break about the arbitration status for any of the following five players: Didi Gregorius, Sonny Gray, Dellin Betances, James Paxton, and Tommy Kahnle.

As news drops, we will update this post below.


UPDATE ONE: 6:07 PM

The Yankees have officially come to terms with 8 of their 9 arbitration-eligible players for the 2019 season. Current salaries are still unknown for the “Final 5” listed above.