Brett Gardner re-signs with the Yanks

Brett Gardner re-signs with the Yanks

The New York Yankees have announced that they, along with outfielder Brett Gardner, have agreed to a 1-year deal through the 2019 season. This comes after the team declined the club option on his previous contract.

Here is the announcement made by the team on social media:

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While no official number has been stated by either party, multiple outlets say that the one-year deal is priced around $7.5 million.

Gardner’s 2018 season was shaky at best as he hit a limp .236 with 95 runs, and 12 HRs. However, he did have 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts (The third-highest success rate in the AL.), and was a consistently solid defensive outfielder.

With this decision, many are speculating about what it could mean for the rest of the Yankee moves this offseason. While a fan favorite, many felt that Gardner was one of the first players that would face the chopping block, as GM Brain Cashman has made it clear that the Yankees are going to be “aggressive” when it comes to signings in the upcoming MLB offseason. With the Yankees opting to keep Gardner for an extra year, it may mean that the full clean out of veteran players – with the hopes of signing multiple big time contracts – may not be the plan after all.

The Yankees also might be cautious to get rid of any outfielders, as a series of unfortunate injuries left the Yankee outfield in a state of flux for a huge chunk of the 2018 season.

The idea may be to keep Gardner around one more year to help in the development of Clint Frazier.

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This move could also affect what happens to pitcher CC Sabathia; the only other active player from the 2009 World Series team.

Brett Gardner is now currently the longest-tenured Yankees Player.

 

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Photo Credits: New York Yankees, Yahoo!

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