Is Brett Gardner’s Yankee Career Over?
The last several off-seasons have been relatively similar relating to Brett Gardner. His one-year contract has expired and he is in search of another. The Yankees usually do their part and offer him another, to which he has accepted. However, this off-season has been different.
Randy Miller of NJ.com has reported that an anonymous source has said that the Yankees have not been in contract negotiations with Gardner since Halloween when the Yankees announced they were buying-out his contract for $2.5 million. The same source also said that Gardner has generated interest from other teams.
Brian Cashman still has confidence in his veteran outfielder, boasting about how Gardner has always been able to produce. He did not confirm, nor deny, that the 37-year old would be part of their plans for 2021.
Does this mean that Gardner’s time in the Bronx is coming to an end?
From what the anonymous source is saying (take it for what it is) and combined with Cashman’s statements regarding Gardner, it does not seem that there is much interest in bringing him back.
If Cashman wanted Gardner back in pinstripes, he would have made that happen by this time. There does not seem to be a monetary stalemate between the two sides, which only means that there is a stalemate in terms of whether Cashman sees him as a valuable asset on the team.
Although this report does not guarantee the Yankees are out on Gardner, the writing is on the wall that Gardner’s tenure with the Yankees may be coming to an end.
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