Yankees Reach Deals With Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela To Avoid Arbitration

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The addition of Gerrit Cole in free agency will undoubtedly go down as the most headline-grabbing part of the offseason for the Yankees.

Cole joining gives New York another ace at the front of its starting rotation, but there are still quite a few unanswered questions surrounding the rest of the roster, like which players will have to go through arbitration. Friday was the last day for MLB teams to agree to deals with players who are eligible for arbitration, and the Yankees were very busy.

The team announced that it has agreed to deals and avoided arbitration with each player who was eligible. Those players are Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gio Urshela, James Paxton, Tommy Kahnle, Chad Green, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa and Jonathan Holder.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com claims that Judge will now earn $8.5 million next season. That's a significant raise from the amount he was making, but it still seems like a steal for a player of Judge's caliber. 

According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the agreement with Sanchez for 2020 that will see Sanchez make $5 million, which is a lot more than the $669,800 he brought in last year. Heyman also says that Paxton will make $12.5 million next year, and that Kahnle will make $2.65 million. 

According to multiple reports, Urshela is now reportedly set to make $2.475 million in 2020.

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Sanchez has taken flack for his struggles at the plate, especially in the playoffs. He has had his issues both offensively and defensively, but he looks likely to be the starter at catcher on opening day. 

Urshela was an unsung hero for the Yankees in 2019. He was one of a few players who stepped up massively after Aaron Boone's team dealt with an avalanche of injuries. Without Miguel Andujar available, Urshela established himself as the team's everyday third baseman. 

James Paxton came on strong in the playoffs after an up-and-down season. He will be another important part of the rotation next season, especially considering the lengthy suspension that was handed down to Domingo German.