How is this for a surprise on a nice warm day here in New York…Brett Gardner signs a four year deal worth $52 million with an option for a sixth year or a two million dollar buyout. The total worth of the deal could be worth $62.5 million. The new deal will start after this season.
WOW that’s a lot of dough…
Jack Curry was the one who broke the story.
The Yankees have now assured themselves of one of the fastest outfields in the game…or at least two-thirds of the outfield. With Gardner and Ellsbury signed for the long run (no pun intended) the Yankees have assured themselves a dynamic duo both in the field and on the base path. It also creates a potent one and nine hitter position in the line-up.
Truthfully, I did not envision the Yankees signing Gardner past this year. I thought he would have been traded for a pitcher or infield help but not anymore.
Here is a bigger question, what does this mean for the younger guys like Heathcott, Williams or Austin who figured to be the future outfield for the team. However, that does not seem to be the case now. Time will tell though. If they aren’t part of the future why haven’t they been traded yet?
With Beltran signed for the next three years it is conceivable that one of those three players could take his spot when he retires. Then again, they could trade them for a more established player to patrol right field.
Time will tell…
Gardner on verge of signing 4-year, $52 million deal w/ Yankees. Includes 5th year club option for $12.5M or $2M buyout. Deal starts in 2015— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) February 23, 2014
If Yanks pick up Gardner's 5th yr option, he'll make $62.5M. That would lock him up thru 2019. Ellsbury deal is thru 2020 w option for 2021— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) February 23, 2014