A Week In Review: Arbitration, Bird, Cashman, Chapman, Miller, Sabathia and more


Welcome to the second week of the 2016 offseason. As I do every offseason, I dedicate every Sunday to quickly recap everything that happened to the Yankees over the last week. This week, Brian Cashman revealed he had no regrets in trading his two main bullpen peices, CC Sabathia had surgery on his knee, 9 Yankees are slated to go to arbitration, Greg Bird has returned to baseball activity and Major League Baseball has changed the qualifying offer from $15.8 Million to a whoppng $17.2 Million. So without further ado, here is your week in review.

October 9, 2016

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated he didn’t have any regrets trading away Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, which was a move that severely depleted the Yankees bullpen. As compensation the Yankees received prospects such as Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier.

“Not at all,” Cashman said prior to Game 1 of the NLDS between the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. “You want it to work out that way. I had a player [Chapman] in great need for other clubs. For us to part with him, the Cubs stepped up. You want teams to be rewarded for that. And you want Chapman and Miller to perform. You want the Cubs and Cleveland to benefit for stepping out. That’s the way it works.

“You want other teams to see what they missed.”

October 10, 2016

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner spoke with the media to give his “State of the Yankees” address, and he discussed his stance on not selling the organization.

“I never considered selling three years ago when the future looked tough. Why would I sell now when the future is bright? There is no consideration. I am excited for March to get here. I am excited for the next few years.”

The team also announced they released Donovan Solano from the 40-man roster. They originally tried to send him to Triple-A, but Solano elected free agency.

October 11, 2016

MLB Trade Rumors recently released their projections on what the nine Yankees players heading to arbitration could receive. Some of the players are expected to be non-tendered, but the nine Yankees heading into arbitration this season are as follows:

Michael Pineda (5.099): $7.8MM
Dustin Ackley (5.087): $3.2MM
Nathan Eovaldi (5.013): $7.5MM
Adam Warren (4.031): $2.3MM
Didi Gregorius (3.159): $5.1MM
Dellin Betances (3.078): $3.4MM
Austin Romine (3.045): 900K
Aaron Hicks (3.041): $1.4MM
Tommy Layne (2.139): $1.2MM

October 12, 2016

Greg Bird was activated from the 60-day disabled list and was added to the Yankees 40-man roster. Bird has missed the entire 2016 with a labrum tear in his shoulder. The Yankees subsequently added CC Sabathia underwent surgery to drain his right knee. He’s expected to be ready for Spring Training.

There were rumors going afloat later in the evening that the Yankees were interested in either a reunion with Chapman or Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees hope they could bolster the Yankees bullpen, and if the team added either, it would push Betances, who struggled as the Yankees closer following Miller’s departure, to the eighth inning.

October 13, 2016

James Kaprielian had his first outing in the Arizona Fall League and pitched three scoreless innings. Kaprielian discussed how difficult it was to return to the mound following injury, but for the first time in a while, he felt he was 100% healthy.

“I feel good right now. It’s slowly starting to come back. I just want to take everything pitch to pitch and do what I can to improve every time I get the chance to touch the ball,” Kaprielian said to Baseball America following his start Wednesday night. “Stuff-wise, I felt pretty good. There were a couple of mistakes in there, but sometimes you get away with it and sometimes you don’t.”

October 14, 2016

Major League Baseball announced their qualifying offer was going to be raised from $15.8 Million to $17.2 Million, which immediately would make the qualifying offer an extremely selective process. The qualifying offer system will remain the same but there are new changes in the CBA, notably a player cannot be offered a qualifying offer in back-to-back seasons. Yankees wise, it’s unlikely any of the free agents will receive a qualifying offer.

October 15, 2016

And we close out the week with Greg Bird, who with Kaprielian, is also playing in the Arizona Fall League. Bird admitted the healing process was grueling, but the recovery took more of a toll on him mentally than physically.

“I mean, when was the last time I took a summer off from baseball?’’ he said. “That was hard for me, just not being around it. That was an adjustment. It was kind of hard seeing light at the end of the tunnel sometimes.’’

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4 Responses to A Week In Review: Arbitration, Bird, Cashman, Chapman, Miller, Sabathia and more

  1. Terry says:

    It was actually a pretty cool week.I mean considering we're not in the playoffs.Still a lot of cool things.Leaves me wondering: where will they go and how far will they go? The signal they're starting to send seems like they will give the young guys a shot and not spend much money.I think it would be a mistake.We're not a playoff contender this coming year any more than we were last year.Same type of talent, just younger with more up side.The holes are still there and while the younger players are coming, counting on them to be consistent ML contributors is another matter.Also, I know this year's FA class is weak and next year's is much better.But there's no guarantee we'll be able to land a Harper or Muchado type.I say build now and if we get young contributions,we'll be better off. Then if you get a real impact player, it will put us over the top.We have many areas we could upgrade but two moves.I'll be happy with two positive moves

  2. Carlos says:

    I would definetly part with piñeta warren hicks give the youngsters a chance if they got rid of miller no one else should be untouchable

  3. boybasset says:

    what mountain do the Yankees have to move to get rid of Brian McCann?—and please, don't tell me how much better he'll be as a full time DH- and as CC's catcher. He has hit .232 for three years–and leads the AL in "can of corn" fly balls each year…and rarely do his 20 home runs matter in winning a game–

  4. buckeyeballs says:

    not sure why eovaldi is even on the list, adios to him
    agree on pineda and hicks but would keep warren and give him a starting shot

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