The Yankees worked out a trio of arbitration avoiding deals with three of their young pitchers. Each deal was tweeted individually by Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman. First up, Phil Hughes avoids arbitration in his first year of eligibility with a $2.7 million one-year deal. Joba Chamberlain was also eligible for the first time this season and he agreed with the club on a one-year deal to pay him $1.4 million in 2011. Finally Boone Logan saw his salary jump to $1.2 million next season.
Hughes jumped into the starting rotation on the back of a solid spring, edging Chamberlain for the final spot. ┬áHe held onto it with 29 solid starts leading to an 18-8 record and an ERA of 4.19. His peripherals were right around the levels he showed in the first 13 starts he made as a 21 year old in 2007. He also was named to the AL All-Star team.
Chamberlain bounced back to the pen after starting 31 games for the Yankees in 2009. He made 73 appearances and had solid peripherals to go with a 4.40 ERA. He saved a trio of games and notched 25 Holds setting up Mariano Rivera. With the signing of Rafael Soriano, Chamberlain has been mentioned as a candidate to start for the Yankees in 2011.
Logan came to the Yankees last offseason in the Javier Vazquez trade, marking the second consecutive December he changed teams along with Vazquez. Logan was primarily used in LOOGY duty, making 51 appearances, but pitching only 40 innings. He had solid peripherals to go with a 2.93 ERA and 13 holds.
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