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The New York Yankees locked up all their arbitration-eligible players for 2019, with one notable exception—young ace Luis Severino.

Aaron Case

New York Yankees righty Luis Severino is the only Bronx Bomber who will go through arbitration in 2019.

Several New York Yankees walked away with one-year deals before the MLB arbitration deadline on Friday, but Luis Severino was not one of them.

Consequently, the two sides will argue their cases in front of an arbitration panel.


MLB Trade Rumors’ arbitration salary projection model predicts Severino will get around $5.1 million. However, Severino’s agent will probably try to get closer to the $7.25 million record Dallas Keuchel set for first-year arbitration eligible pitchers in 2016.

Keuchel had just won the AL Cy Young, which played a big part in justifying the record payday.

The Bombers’ 24-year-old went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 191.1 innings in 2018. He finished ninth in the Cy Young voting after projecting as the front-runner in the first half of the season.

Sevy’s 2-18 was a tale of two seasons. He was 14-2 with a 2.31 ERA in the first half, and he went 5-6 with a 5.57 ERA in the second half. He also struggled in the postseason, giving up six runs and nine hits in seven innings of work.

Those numbers are fodder for the Yankees’ side in arbitration.

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The eight other Yankees who were eligible for arbitration are done deals. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers reported so far.

The Yankees have yet to announce the contracts amounts for Sonny Gray, Didi Gregorius, Tommy Kahnle, and James Paxton. Just for reference, here’s what MLB Trade Rumors’ model predicts for those four guys:

  • Didi Gregorius – $12.4 million
  • Sonny Gray – $9.1 million
  • James Paxton – $9 million
  • Tommy Kahnle – $1.5 million

Note that all the reported numbers come in a bit below the model’s projections, except for Betances’s.

So, with arbitration essentially done, the Yankees can turn their attention back to not pursuing top prizes Manny Machado and Bryce Harper in free agency.

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