Clubs chasing Yankees’ Gardner

Teams interested in a speedy, pure centerfielder with a good glove have
been calling the Yankees about Brett Gardner, who has essentially
become an expendable piece with the club’s acquisition of Curtis
Granderson in a three-team trade finalized on Wednesday.

Gardner
won the Opening Day job in center field with the Yankees in 2009 but
was a bench piece for most of the year, missing a month due to injury.
The White Sox and the Royals have been among the clubs interested in
Gardner, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

If the season started today, Melky Cabrera would be in left field, Granderson in center field, Nick Swisher in right field, and Gardner would be an option off the bench. But it looks like the Yankees are going to keep plugging to add either Johnny Damon or Hideki Matsui to that mix as well.

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