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Yankees: Brett Gardner’s new deal is exception to the rule

It is a safe bet that this past weekend was one, if not the best in New York Yankees Brett Gardner baseball life.

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch durin...

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on April 24, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Yankees handed the speedy outfielder a 4-year, $52 million with a 5th year club option $12.5M or $2M buyout. The deal does not have a no-trade clause so that door is still very much open, but if the Yankees do send Gardner elsewhere he gets a $1 million goodbye gift.

Gardner is a good, gritty player who can steal bases and is a solid defender when healthy but this did not change where the Yankees rank on MLB Futures odds at TopBet Sportsbook.

The 2005 third round pick, Gardner was set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, but the Yankees obviously did not want that.

Actually, Gardner has become rarefied air in the Bronx. After the departure of Robinson Cano to the Mariners, Gardner is one of the last homegrown position players the Yankees still have on their 40-man roster. 

Keeping Gardner also secures up the outfield for the next three seasons, with him in left, Jacoby Ellsbury in center and Carlos Beltran in right.

Signing players prior to free agency is not the norm for the Yankees, but  GM Brian Cashman said Gardner was an exception.

“We don’t typically do this, but it shows the level of confidence, belief and trust in the type of person and player he is, and we’re excited to know he’s going to be part of this thing going forward. It’s someone that was drafted, developed and has been a positive influence in this place, becoming a leader, too, as he matures in that clubhouse and we lose veterans. I’m a big Gardy fan. … This shows you even more how much this franchise thinks of him.”

Gardner’s teammates tweeted him some love when the news broke.

Overall, keeping Gardner happy makes sense because when he is healthy, he is good. But the key word is healthy, as Gardner is no stranger to the DL.

I am sure a key factor of the deal was that the Yankees can still trade Gardner if need be, so that gives the team the slight edge as the winners in this deal on my score card.

I will leave you with Gardner’s seasonal batting stats, courtesy of baseball-reference.com.

Brett Gardner - Seasonal Batting Stats


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