New York Yankees re-sign Brett Gardner to a one-year deal with potential for more

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

The New York Yankees didn’t hesitate to bring back veteran outfielder Brett Gardner soon after inking star pitcher Gerrit Cole to a nine-year, $324 million contract.

Gardner had career highs in home runs (28) and RBIs (74) last season with the Bombers, reviving his career with a newfound slugger mentality. Attribute his success to an increased launch angle or juiced baseballs if you will, Gardner played a pivotal role in supplementing injuries to starters Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton throughout the 2019 season.

The veteran signed a $7.5 million contract over one-year last offseason and inked a more significant $12.5 million deal with the Yankees until 2021.

A nice payday for Gardner, who has an option in 2021 for $10 million, given he produces once again. Brett has been more than just a player for the Yankees over the years, as this will be his 13th season in Pinstripes. Not only is he a capable starter, but he’s a leader and mentor for the younger players.

With Hicks set to miss 8-10 months recovering from Tommy Johns surgery, the retention of Gardner makes perfect sense.