The Yankees have signed the last of their arbitration eligible players as they have now agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million deal with relief pitcher David Robertson, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Robertson, 27, struggled at times last season, but overall had another very solid year for the Yankees. His ERA was 2.67, he had a K/9 of 12.0 and a BB/9 of 2.8 (by far a career low). He dealt with various injuries and seemed to fall off by the end of the season. Still, it was a solid year for the young reliever and he could be, along with Joba Chamberlain, competing for the job of the Yankees next closer in 2014.
D-Rob initially asked asked the Yankees for $3.55 million and they countered with $2.85 million. This falls slightly less than the middle ground between the two. He made $1.6 million last year so that’s nearly a 100 percent raise.
The Yankees payroll is now at $189.775 million for 17 players (not counting A.J. Burnett). Most of the rest of the roster will be made up with players that are at or near the major league minimum. Outfielder Matt Diaz will make $1.2 million if he makes the team.