Yankees, Gio Urshela Agree to One-Year Deal

Max Goodman

Gio Urshela and the Yankees agreed to a one-year $2.475 million deal on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Robert Murray was first on the report.

The third baseman is one of nine Bronx Bombers eligible for arbitration ahead of Friday's deadline. 1:00 p.m. ET was the last chance for teams to agree on salaries or exchange desired numbers for 2020 with arbitration-eligible players. 

Outfielder Aaron Judge, backstop Gary Sánchez along with southpaw James Paxton headline the group of Bronx Bombers that all agreed to new deals and avoided arbitration on Friday afternoon as well. Judge gets $8.5 million, Sánchez will earn $5 million in 2020, while Paxton's deal is worth $12.5 million.

Friday evening, the Yankees made all nine contracts official. Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Tommy Kahnle, Jordan Montgomery and Gio Urshela round out the group of Yanks' that received new one-year contracts. 

Urshela, who earned $555,000 this past season, gets a well deserved pay raise after a tremendous campaign filling in for an injured Miguel Andújar. In 132 games, the 28-year-old set countless career highs including batting average (.314), doubles (34) and home runs (21).

The Columbian exceeded all expectations, excelling in his first season with more than 81 games played -- his .534 slugging percentage, .889 OPS and 139 hits were all top three on New York’s roster.

For more on Gio Urshela's stellar performance last season, including his 2019 player grade, click here.

Last season was his fourth in the big leagues after spending two years in Cleveland's organization and an abbreviated season in 2018 with Toronto. Now, he'll be in pinstripes for at least one more year. 

With Andújar returning from injury, and looking stronger than ever in a video that surfaced on Twitter recently, a competition for the starting spot at third base could be in order this spring.

Those eligible fall under the following criteria: a player with more than three years of service time in the Majors -- but less than six -- with no existing contract for next season.

If a deal isn't agreed upon prior to Fridays' deadline, which evidently may be the case for one or more members of New York's roster as that cutoff has expired, salary figures for the upcoming season will continue to be exchanged, with a hearing scheduled for later in the offseason.

Big names such as Noah Syndergaard, Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts all agreed to one-year deals Friday -- Betts' $27 million contract is the largest ever for a player in an arbitration-eligible season. 

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