Yanks, Joba avoid arbitration

The Yankees and reliever Joba Chamberlain, in his third year of arbitration eligibility, have agreed on a one-year deal worth a non-guaranteed $1.875 million for 2013. The deal also includes $275 thousand in incentives based on games finished; In ’12, he earned $1.675 million.

Last year, Chamberlain was sidelined due to injuries and only appeared in 22 games, going 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Taking into consideration his limited action last year and his position, Chamberlain was not projected to get much of a raise. Fellow teammate Phil Hughes received a one-year contract that’s worth twice as much what he made last year. If Chamberlain was still a starter, his dollar amount would likely be higher.

The Yankees now have two arbitration-eligible players left to deal with: righty reliever David Robertson and lefty-reliever Boone Logan.

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Rich Kaufman

Ever since my parents bought me a Paul O'Neill shirt at my first Yankees game back in 1994 I've been a diehard fan. I graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in Communications/Sports Journalism, so writing about the Yankees has always been a passion of mine.

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