Saturday, January 19, 2008

Arbitration: Wang, Cano, Bruney

Yesteday afternoon, Chien-Ming Wang, Robinson Cano and Brian Bruney all exchanged contract figures with the New York Yankees.
The requests filed by representatives for Cano and Wang, two of the Yankees' prized younger components, were separated by $50,000. Cano filed for $4.55 million and was offered $3.2 million by the club, while Wang requested $4.6 million and was offered $4 million.

Bruney, who will be 26 in February, was 3-2 with a 4.68 ERA in 58 appearances across two stints with the Yankees in 2007. He requested $845,000 and was offered $640,000.
Wang will receive close if not exactly what he requested while Cano and the Yankees appear to be much further apart. Considering Cano's past two seasons have seen him knock in 97 runs and hit .342, the second baseman has a gripe. There is certainly the possibility that a neutral arbiter awards Robinson with the $4.55 mill he asked for.

Meanwhile, Bruney will make well over half a million bucks. Spend some of that money wisely and file a restraining order against Kyle Farnsworth and his worthless disregard approach for pitching.

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