Yankees agree with 8 of 9 arb-eligible players

January 14th, 2023

The Yankees reached agreements on one-year contracts to avoid salary arbitration with eight notable players on Friday, but none may have appreciated their new deal more than left-hander Nestor Cortes.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Cortes received a pay bump to $3.2 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility, coming off a season in which the All-Star went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts. Cortes earned $727,500 last season.

The Yankees also agreed with right-hander ($7.5 million), left-hander ($3.35 million), right-hander ($3.3 million), right-hander ($2.6 million), catcher ($2.36 million), catcher ($1.4265 million), and right-hander ($1.3 million).

Friday marked the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to agree on a salary for 2023 before exchanging salary figures, a move that often results in the sides going to a hearing. 

The only arbitration-eligible Yankee yet unsigned is infielder , who filed at $10.2 million. The club countered at $9.7 million.

The Yankees have not engaged in an arbitration hearing since 2017, when they were victorious over right-hander Dellin Betances, though they were minutes away from engaging in one with outfielder Aaron Judge this past season before agreeing at a midpoint of $19 million.

In November, the Yankees agreed to contracts with infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa ($6 million) and right-hander Lou Trivino ($4.1 million), avoiding arbitration.