This leads many to presume that lead-off hitter Gardner is the odd-man out, as he is still under team control through this season and is considered one of the top five center fielders in the game today.
Certainly, Gardner’s health does pose some concern, as he has spent a decent amount of time on the DL over his six career seasons. But no doubt when healthy, Gardner is an all around good player with a lot of the same tools as Ellsbury.
As you can probably tell, I want Gardner to stay in New York but what is you opinion on the possibility of him being trading for starting pitcher, or second baseman?
English: Image courtesy of Keith Allison on Flickr. New York Yankees v/s Baltimore Orioles 08/31/09. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“The 189 is a goal. It’s important, and it’s certainly a goal that we take seriously and we’re going to strive for, but as I’ve said before on numerous occasions, it’s not going to come at the expense of fielding a championship-caliber team. We know that’s what we’re expected to do, and we’re going to do it.” (Click HERE to listen to the entire interview.)
Friday’s signing of Carlos Beltran for 3-years and $45 million, leaves the Yankees with about $5 million left to spend before going over the $189 million in payroll.
The Yankees have holes all over the place, with the biggest at second base since letting their best player, Robinson Cano sign with the Mariners.
The Mariners handed Cano a 10-year deal worth $240 million, which at point-blank is an absurd contract when it is not.
In order for the irrelevant Mariners to get one of the top five best players in the game to come to Seattle, they were going to have to hand over the kitchen sink.
Papa Cano’s comment came around the same time that news of the Seattle Mariners making Robbie a 9-year, $225 million offer was broken via CBS Sports Jon Heyman. Cano was flown out privately by the Mariners earlier today so he could meet with ownership in Seattle, and be given the offer.
So why do I think the Yankees are pulling a fast one here?
1)Dropping subtle hints all off-season that their offer might not be enough for Cano. Owner Hal Steinbrenner and GM Brian Cashman have played the martyr card making it out like Cano has no loyalty and it is all about the Benjamins.