The pitcher is guaranteed $750,000 under the deal, which was reached Tuesday night ahead of the deadline for teams to offer 2015 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.
By week’s end, Derek Jeter’s $8 million dollar option (already now $9.5 million) for 2014 could grow to $11.5 million. And that would be another wrinkle for the Yankees as they try to reduce their payroll.
The Yankees have as deep a bench as they have had since the championship teams of the late ‘90’s. In the wake of Brett Gardner’s injury, Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones have filled in well and Eric Chavez has gotten more at-bats.
The All-Star pitcher acquired from Seattle last month joined pre-spring training workouts Tuesday at the Yankees’ minor league complex.