NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees have scratched three names off their list of arbitration-eligible players.
On Thursday, the Bronx Bombers agreed to a $2.825 million contract with outfielder Aaron Hicks and a $1.313 million deal with relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle. On Friday, they locked up reliever Adam Warren for $3.315 million. All three deals are for one year.
The Yankees’ projected tax payroll is about $178 million — well under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold.
The total includes $23 million estimated for the five players still eligible for arbitration, $10 million for the rest of the 40-man roster, $14,044,600 for benefits and a $3 million charge for cash transactions: a $5.5 million payment to Houston as part of the Brian McCann trade, a $500,000 payment to San Diego as part of the Chase Headley trade and a $3 million credit from Miami as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade.
Hicks spent a pair of lengthy stretches on the disabled list but still managed to set career highs with a .266 average, 15 homers and 52 RBIs in a rebound from a poor first season in New York following his trade from Minnesota. He strained his right oblique muscle June 25 on a checked swing against Texas, returned Aug. 10, then strained his left oblique at Boston on Sept. 2 while making a running catch and came back Sept. 26. Hicks earned $1.35 million.
Kahnle, with a fastball averaging 98 mph, was 2-4 with a 2.59 ERA in 69 relief appearances last year and made $547,000. He was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 19 along with reliever David Robertson and third baseman Todd Frazier. Kahnle had a 2.70 ERA in 32 games with the Yankees.
Warren appeared in 46 games last season, going 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA. The 30-year-old right-hander has spent parts of six seasons in the majors and has a career 3.45 ERA. He broke into the big leagues with the Yankees in 2012. He was sent to the Cubs before the 2016 season in the trade that brought Starlin Castro to New York, but the Yankees re-acquired him later that season when they dealt Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs.
Starting pitcher Sonny Gray and relievers Dellin Betances and Chasen Shreve remain eligible for arbitration along with shortstop Didi Gregorius and backup catcher Austin Romine. Most are expected to settle before Friday’s scheduled exchange with teams of proposed arbitration salaries.
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