“Tight budget” Yankees interested in Asdrubal Cabrera


Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Yankees are “interested in free agent Asdrubal Cabrera to play second base but continue to say they have a tight budget.”

The idea of the Yankees having a “tight budget” is amusing, although certainly general manager Brian Cashman has taken a more passive approach to big-ticket items in free agency recently. With that said, a tight budget for the Yankees and a tight budget for most other teams are probably much different things and it seems far-fetched that they wouldn’t have the spending power to land a mediocre free agent like Cabrera.

At age 30 he’s failed to crack a .750 OPS in any of the past three seasons, but did have a solid 2015 as the Rays’ starting shortstop by hitting .265 with 15 homers and a .744 OPS in 143 games. Cabrera is a switch-hitter with some pop who can play shortstop or second base and last offseason his price tag was a one-year, $7.5 million deal.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the All-Star infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for $5 million during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Marlins pitcher Jesus Luzardo went to a hearing and asked for a raise from $715,000 to $2.45 million, while Miami proposed $2.1 million. The case was heard by Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch, who were expected to issue their decision.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo also is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Twenty-two players remain scheduled for hearings, to take place through Feb. 17. Among them, utilityman Dylan Moore and the Seattle Mariners have a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.