The New York Yankees have taken a more cost-efficient route this off-season, solving holes on the roster. While they did consume the contract of Josh Donaldson, which will pay him $50 million over the next two seasons, the Bombers have otherwise been conservative with their approach. The Yankees plugged their shortstop position with Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Anthony Rizzo at first base, passing on Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa.
However, the outfield still remains a position of need, especially the depth category. While most fans may cringe at the thought of Brett Gardner making a return to the Yankees, the team hasn’t ruled out a potential extension in the coming days as the free-agent market wears thin.
Brendan Kuty of NJ.com believes that Gardner will play in 2022, it’s just a matter of where:
If Gardner had his way, he’d likely already be in pinstripes. His agent, Joe Bick, told NJ Advance Media over the weekend that Gardner wants to play in 2022, and that he’d like to finish his career with the Yankees. But the sides haven’t been able to come to an agreement yet.
Gardner and the Yankees haven’t been able to come to an agreement just yet, as the 38-year-old outfielder is coming off a two-year, $5.15 million deal.