Friday, December 2, 2016
The Yankees resolved two of their potential non-tender situations this week with the outright releases of right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley, which may have settled their business in advance of Friday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.
The Yankees have seven guys eligible for arbitration.
Four of them are no-brainers to get tendered contracts - Dellin Betances, Michael Pineda, Didi Gregorius and Adam Warren.
Austin Romine is almost certainly going to be tendered the contract as he is likely the back-up catcher unless Kyle Higashioka tears it up in Spring Training, and even then, since Higashioka has a bunch of options left, Romine probably would still get the back-up gig to start the season (I wonder, though, will the drop-off offensively from McCann to Romine be enough for the Yankees to pursue an everyday DH so that they don’t have to worry about Romine catching too much, as Romine would have to catch every game that Sanchez DHs, which initially seemed like it would be a lot).
Aaron Hicks is probably back. He hit enough to avoid being non-tendered.
That leaves Tommy Layne as the only serious non-tender possibility and I think they have to give him a roster spot. He was pretty darn good last season.
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