The Yankees got an early start to Friday’s arbitration deadline, locking up Greg Bird and Austin Romine to one-year deals on Thursday night and Friday morning, respectively.
Bird, coming off an injury-shortened year where he hit just .199 and lost his starting job to Luke Voit, agreed to a $1.2 million contract, according to USA Today. Romine, who will back up Gary Sanchez, agreed to a $1.8 million deal.
The Yankees have until 1 p.m. Friday to come up with deals for seven other players, or otherwise face the sometimes-messy arbitration process. Luis Severino, Didi Gregorius, Sonny Gray, Dellin Betances, Aaron Hicks, James Paxton and Tommy Kahnle are all arbitration eligible.