Yankees sign Nady, Cabrera

money.jpgTalking dollars and cents: the Yankees avoided salary arbitration with Xavier Nady and Melky Cabrera on Tuesday, coming to terms on new one-year contracts for both.

Nady signed for $6.65 million after earning $3.59 million last season. Cabrera inked a $1.4 million pact after requesting $1.7 million; the Yankees had offered $1.2 million.

Brian Bruney remains out there in the arbitration process. Bruney earned $725,000 last year and has asked for $1.55 million; the Yankees countered with $1.1 million.

This raises the Yankees’ projected Opening Day payroll to the area of $191 million for 16 players.

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FA Freddy Garcia is most likely #5 SP.

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FA Freddy Garcia is the probable most likely candidate for #5 SP. Check out his record, before injuries, he was a 17 game winner a few times. Latest reports are that he will sign incentive laden contract with either Yankees or Mets.

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if the Yankees can’t get Pettitte which seems which most likely…i would think they are either going to settle for the high ERA innings eater in Graland or go the Red Sox route and sign Sheets for a low base salary with incentives…if someone doesn’t offer him more…and if he takes that deal the Yankees spend less than 10 mill if he is hurt all the time…but if he pitches and they have to pay more than the 10 mill they offered Pettitte then he probaly makes the their rotation the best in the league…it would seem that the Yankees are going to add at least one more adding to the rotation…who might they be able to trade for…
Roy Oswald…???? the Astros are at their financial limit…

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Matt, Gardner isn’t behind Melky he is in front of him and we all know about the winter league, Veras looked like a CY Young candidate in the winter leagues.
We have tried to trade Melky several times, now we’d simply give him away and not pay his salary. Damon can play center sometimes and its entire possible that Bernie could beat out Gardner even though he may not hold up.
With Joba and Burnett, adding Sheets would be not such a good move.

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When I said a “low risk” deal, I mean financially. There’s no doubt that he has a risk factor with him due to his injury past, but I was purely talking from more of a financial stand point.

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Melky’s agent is a genius. He’s the world’s greatest salesman!
I don’t see any reason for giving him that much money. I heard he’s had a good Winter League season, but I’ve also heard that the Dominican Winter League is essentially a double-A league. In any case, such a big raise doesn’t make any sense.
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Thats a laugh. Pettitte all day everyday over Sheets.
I am wondering if someone else will pick up Melky’s salary soon.

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I honestly can’t believe that Melky submitted that high of a figure for the arbitration process, and I also can’t believe that the Yankees re-signed him for 1 year at around $1.4 million. Was Melky’s season worthy of a raise of nearly $1 million? I highly doubt that. I personally feel that Melky got lucky here, he shouldn’t have gotten more than $900k for this season, and even then I think that’s pushing it. He hit the lottery in my opinion, because I just don’t understand how someone who’s stats look like this, can get that big of a raise: 129 games, .249BA/.301OBP/.341SLG, 8HR, 37RBI. Call me crazy I guess, but that seems a little ludicrous to me.
I’ve also been reading how some people think the Yankees should go after Sheets. Truthfully, if Pettitte wasn’t going to accept a 1yr./$10mil. deal from the Yankees, he’s not going to accept a lower $ contract from the Yankees now. If Sheets will sign for a base of $6-9mil. with incentives that could push the deal toward $12-13mil., why not go for it? It’s a low risk deal that could potentially pay out HUGE for the Yankees. Granted Sheets has injury issues, but he did make over 30 starts for the Brewers last season. Pettitte also battled some injury issues of his own last season, but Sheets only made 2 less starts than Pettitte, threw about 6 less innings than Pettitte as well. Pettitte gave up 233 hits compared to Sheets’ 181 hits allowed. Both pitchers struck out 158 batters, Pettitte gave up 19HR compared to 17HR for Sheets. Pettittes ERA was 4.54 with a whip of 1.41, compared to Sheets’ ERA of 3.09 and a whip of 1.15. Sheets threw 5CG (including 3SHO), while Pettitte threw 0. If Pettitte wasn’t willing to take $10mil. for 1yr., and if Sheets is willing to take $6-8mil. for 1yr., why not? He would be a superb option for a #4 starter at a bargain if you ask me.

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If Matsui were gone and Posada were the DH, than Damon could pencil in as the left fielder while Cabrerra/Gardner hold it down in Center. Molina would have to sub in as catcher until a full-time replacement was found– hopefully this situation does not arise.

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Bpark, I meant Matsui in the outfield haha. I also agree that Posada wouldn’t be a gold glove caliber player in the OF.

By yanknuck on January 20, 2009 9:33 PM
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That would be the strongest offensive lineup but would mean Damon in center.

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http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9112648/Don't-be-foolish,-the-Yankees-aren't-done-yet?MSNHPHMA
No Sheets please
Pettitte and Manny is fine.
Cabrera will probably be shipped out now.

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