The Yankees settled with reliever Dellin Betances at $7.125 million for next year, avoiding arbitration.
Betances’ free agent walk year is coming up and general manager Brian Cashman has expressed interest in entering extension talks at some point.
The Yankees announced Friday evening that they also agreed to terms with 1B Greg Bird, RHP Sonny Gray, SS Didi Gregorius, OF Aaron Hicks, RHP Tommy Kahnle, LHP James Paxton and C Austin Romine on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts.
With Zach Britton’s signing becoming official Friday, the premier part of the Yankees’ bullpen could be set: Britton, Betances and Chad Green leading into closer Aroldis Chapman.
Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 13.
Cole claimed by Cleveland
Right-handed reliever A.J. Cole was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians on Friday afternoon.
He appeared in 28 games for the Yankees after coming over from the Washington Nationals at the end of April. He had a 4.26 ERA with New York, getting 49 strikeouts and giving up 16 walks in 38 innings.
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