One down, three to go
Scratch Wilson Betemit off the list of Yankees arbitration eligibles — he’s agreed to terms on a one-year contract. That leaves Brian Bruney, Robinson Cano and Chien-Ming Wang to hammer out new deals.
From here, any number of things can take place. It’s a good bet to speculate that both Cano and Wang could agree to one-year deals and avoid arbitration, but it’s a fair question to ask if the Yankees are showing any inclination to follow the Mets’ blueprint with Jose Reyes and David Wright.
Across town, team brass identified both players as personnel that they’d like to build around for the future, and in exchange for putting off free agency, both players agreed to economical deals (especially in Reyes’ situation) that offered them immediate financial security.
Both Cano and Wang have shown levels of interest in remaining with the Yankees through their entire careers. That may very well happen, but having spoken with the agents for both Cano and Wang this afternoon, it doesn’t appear as though a long-term deal is in the works right now.