Thursday, January 17, 2013
NEW YORK—Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Hughes, 26, was 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts with the Yanks last season and was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time.
The deal is worth $7.15 million for Hughes, who is entering an important year as he could be a free agent after the season. Hughes earned $3.2 million last season.
New York has three arbitration-eligible players remaining: pitchers Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan and David Robertson.
Seems fair. Since Hal Steinbrenner’s not a fan of extensions I don’t expect to see one done with Hughes.
In other news, Andy Pettitte left off WBC’s Team USA.
Team USA announced its 27-man provisional roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic on Thursday. Notable with his presence is New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. Conspicuous by his absence is veteran starting pitcher Andy Pettitte.
Initially believed to be a part of Joe Torre’s roster that will try and break Team Japan’s string of two gold medals in the two previous WBCs, Pettitte instead was left off the team. According to a Thursday morning column from Bob Klapish, tournament eligibility is based upon guaranteed insurance coverage in the event of an injury. Pettitte is 40 years old and missed nearly three months of his 2012 comeback season with a fractured fibula. According to Klapish, insurers “typically shun those older than 38, or ones who suffer from a chronic injury.”
In other, other news, Yankees’ Derek Jeter cleared for baseball activity
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he’s been cleared to start baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.
The 38-year-old team captain reiterated Wednesday that he is on track to be in New York’s starting lineup for the opener on April 1.
Is 3.5 months enough time to lose that spare tire?
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