The New York Yankees struck and deal with veteran outfielder Brett Gardner on Friday, according to John Heyman of MLB network.
The new deal comes as a surprise as manager Aaron Boone had stated he hadnâ€™t spoken to Gardy in a couple of weeks, but as always, GM Brian Cashman finalized the deal before the rest of the team joined the pitchers and catchers down in Florida.
Gardner, who seems to be eternally healthy, will rejoin the Bombers at 37 years old. He has a bit of diversity with his lefty bat and offers a reserve option in the outfield behind Clint Frazier.
The deal is worth $4 million in guaranteed money over one year with an option for the 2022 season. This is an interesting contract, which would indicate that Brett can actually return for a second season at 38 years old. This past year with the Yankees, he finished with a .223 average, five homers, and 15 RBIs. He is two years removed from a 28 HR season, a career-high.
Gardy gets $4M guarantee with Yankees. 1 year plus option.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 19, 2021
Whether or not you are pleased with the signing, Gardner is a constant in the outfield and offers a solid depth piece who understands what the Yankees need and desire on a daily basis. With Frazier unproven, Gardy can supplement any deficiencies if need be, giving him some rest over the course of a 162 game season.