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Brett Gardner agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Yankees, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Heyman added that the deal includes $4 million guaranteed with a 2nd year option that could net Gardner "close to" $11 million if the Yankees pick it up. There was a lot of smoke on a potential reunion between the 37-year-old outfielder and the Yankees prior to this agreement and this now solidifies it. The veteran will now likely finish his career with the same team in which it began. He will provide clubhouse leadership and platoon behind Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier in the outfield.
Free agent outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees are reportedly in touch and working on a "possible deal," according to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network.
Gardner came out in January and told sources that he was planning on playing in 2021 and the Yankees, the only team he's ever played for in his career, would make sense. He would likely serve in a platoon role if he were to end up with New York. The 37-year-old scuffled a bit in 2020 with the Bronx Bombers, posting a .223/.354/.392 batting line with five home runs and 11 RBI over 130 AB's.
Free agent outfielder Brett Gardner is "definitely still planning to play" in 2021, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Gardner is 37-year-old and has spent his whole career with the New York Yankees, the team that drafted him out of college. Per earlier reports the outfielder has to receive an offer from the Yanks, though. Gardner will find a home somewhere this upcoming season but whether that is with the Yankees or elsewhere remains to be seen.
Jack Curry of YES Network reports the Yankees have recently "rekindled" conversations with OF Brett Gardner.
The two sides have reportedly been talking since New York finished the DJ LeMahieu contract. The Yankees declined Gardner's $10 million 2021 option earlier in the offseason, but they remain interested in bringing him back on a cheaper deal.
The Yankees declined their $10 million 2021 club option on OF Brett Gardner.
Gardner will instead receive a $2.5 million buyout. Jon Heyman of MLB Network notes that the Yankees "love" Gardner and could look to bring him back for less. The lefty outfielder will likely be looking at a reserve role if he returns.