By Chad Jennings

Michael Pineda

Now that we’ve reached the non-tender deadline, it seems worth posting a reminder of MLB Trade Rumors typically reliable salary predictions for the Yankees who are arbitration eligible this winter.

It’s not only arb-eligible players who can be non-tendered — just last year the Yankees non-tendered both Matt Daley and David Adams, neither of whom had reached arbitration — but non-tender candidates usually come from the arbitration pool. Unless the Yankees are planning to completely cut bait with one of their young outfielders, or unless they’re really, really down on one of their pitchers, it seems their strongest non-tender candidates again come from their list of arb-eligible players.

Here’s a reminder of what each of these players is expected to earn next season.

IVAN NOVA
This year: $3.3 million
Next year prediction: $3.3 million

Tommy John surgery cost the Yankees nearly a full season from one of their top young starting pitchers, but it also made him significantly less expensive in his second year of arbitration.

SHAWN KELLEY
This year: $1.765 million
Next year prediction: $2.5 million

The Yankees have some solid bullpen arms on the way, and one more year of Kelley might perfectly bridge the gap. He’s heading for a raise, but it doesn’t seem significant enough to non-tender.

MICHAEL PINEDA
This year: roughly $500,000 (slightly more than the minimum)
Next year prediction: $2.1 million

Pretty big salary jump, but also a pretty good chance to remain a bargain in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

ESMIL ROGERS
This year: $1.85 million
Next year prediction: $1.9 million

The 40-man is going to be tight, money could be tight, and it’s probably not be worth using either a roster spot or a couple million bucks to retain Rogers.

DAVID PHELPS
This year: roughly $500,000 (slightly more than the minimum)
Next year prediction: $1.3 million

As his arbitration price goes up with each passing offseason, the Yankees will have to make a choice about how much he’s worth. For now, he’s a versatile fit at a cheap price.

DAVID HUFF
This year: roughly $500,000 (slightly more than the minimum)
Next year prediction: $700,000

Coming off a solid year at a fairly cheap price, but could be non-tendered just to open a roster spot for someone else. Huff is kind of redundant on this roster.

FRANCISCO CERVELLI
This year: $700,000
Next year prediction: $1.1 million

Worth remembering that Cervelli was heading for a mild raise before the Yankees traded him. He was the seventh arb-eligible Yankees player.

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