With the non-tender deadline at 8 p.m., the Yankees wasted no time tendering contracts to all nine of their arbitration-eligible players, the team announced Friday.
The list of players includes Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks, Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Tommy Kahnle, Sonny Gray and newly-acquired starter James Paxton.
If there was a surprise out of any of these players, it is certainly Kahnle, who is expected to earn $1.5 million in arbitration. The Yankees couldn't trust Kahnle last season, as he struggled with velocity and location issues. He had to take a stint in Triple-A to work through his issues, and eventually made his way back in pinstripes toward the end of the season.
It is also worth pointing out two other cases in Gregorius and Gray. Gregorius will be out most of 2019 as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery. GM Brian Cashman has already noted his plan is to keep the veteran shortstop on the roster "and hopefully for a long time." (MLB.com).
As for Gray, the Yankees are still actively pursuing a trade to part ways with the 28-year-old that has struggled since coming over from the Athletics in 2017. With the Yanks, he produced a 4.51 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 195.2 innings. The Yankees also didn't trust him in the rotation during the postseason.