Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Yankees Sign Small

New York Yankees pitcher Aaron Small was rewarded Tuesday with a $1.2 million, one-year contract Tuesday after he went unbeaten following a midseason callup from the minor leagues.

Small went 10-0 with a 3.20 ERA in nine starts and six relief appearances during the regular season, joining Tom Zachary (12-0) of the 1929 Yankees, Howie Krist (10-0) of the 1941
St. Louis Cardinals and Dennis Lamp (11-0) of the 1985 Toronto Blue Jays as the only pitchers to finish a major league regular season unbeaten with 10 or more wins.

However, Small lost Game 3 of the AL playoffs against the Los Angeles Angels.

In addition to his base salary, Small could earn $80,000 in performance bonuses: $15,000 each for 15 and 20 starts, and $25,000 each for 25 and 30 starts. He had asked for $1.45 million in arbitration and had been offered $1,025,000.

Small made $149,180 last season after he was brought up from the minor leagues on July 17. The most he ever made in a season before this year was $197,500 in 1998.
New York has one player remaining in arbitration. Pitcher Shawn Chacon asked for $4.15 million and was offered $3.1 million.

Notes: After receiving a telephone call from Mike Piazza's agent, Dan Lozano, the Yankees are weighing whether to start negotiations for the free agent catcher, who would join Bernie Williams as a designated hitter. A Yankees official said the club hadn't decided whether it was interested in Piazza, who has attracted little interest on the open market.

Aaron Small is such a great asset to the Yankees! He can start and pitch out of the bullpen! So this is a great signing for NY.

Do the Yankees really need Mike Piazza? I mean they have Bernie as the DH... I don't think Piazza is necessary at all...


  • I LOVE Small...I couldn't figure out why he didn't start in the playoffs...I like Bernie over Piazza.

    By Blogger Matt A., at 12:56 PM  

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