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Brett Gardner (LF,CF)

New York Yankees

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Tue, Mar 3rd 4:00pm EST

Brett Gardner hit second for the Yankees in their Spring Training opener and was 0-3 with a strikeout and two runners left on base.

Fantasy Impact: Gardner, who had a career high 17 home runs last year, is looking to be an impact player this year. He is looking to do better than a .749 OPS in 2014 and, more important, is looking to regain his SB skills. After stealing 96 bases between 2010 and 2011, he has only stolen 47 bases since. He has never scored 100 runs, but may have the opportunity if he is the leadoff hitter in a stronger Yankee lineup. The leadoff battle between Gardner and Ellsbury is one to watch through Spring Training.

By Chris Zolli, Yankees Correspondent, Fri, Feb 6th 8:00pm EST

Brett Gardner should be the leadoff hitter for the Yankees for a long time to come. The article linked to this story projects the next four years for the Yankees and sees Gardner at the top of the lineup for the next three. (Source: LoHud Yankees Blog)

Fantasy Impact: Gardner has stolen more than 40 bases twice, led Yankees outfielders with 17 home runs last year, and has 18 triples over the past two seasons. Although those numbers sound good, Gardner has plateaued, as he only has a .754 OPS over the past two seasons and has stolen a combined 45 bases since 2013. There is potential for Gardner as a OF3, but a lot of his value derives from the Yankees offense running more smoothly. He had 87 runs last season and that was with the fourth worst Yankees offense ever; if the Yankees offense performs up to their normal standards, the leadoff hitting Gardner is a safe bet for 100+ runs scored.

Brett Gardner News & Advice

news | Mar 3rd, 5:10pm
The Yankees are intrigued by the speedy combination of Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner atop their lineup, and manager Joe Girardi said that it could be seen often this season.