Yankees, Gardner avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Brett GardnerNEW YORK – The Yankees announced on Friday that they have agreed with outfielder Brett Gardner on a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Gardner, 29, was arbitration eligible for the second time and earned $2.8 million in 2012.

The Yankees have envisioned Gardner as either their starting left fielder or center fielder in 2013, with a chance that Curtis Granderson would move to a corner outfield spot.

Gardner was limited to just 16 games this year due to a right elbow strain suffered in April that later required arthroscopic surgery. He batted .323 (10-for-31) with two doubles and three RBIs at the big league level.

A career .266 hitter in 475 Major League games over five seasons, Gardner was a third-round selection of the Yankees in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

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Well the re signing of Gardner is certainly “reassuring.” He is an outfielder who hits like an infielder .There is nothing in his history that other than his speed that will do much for the Yanks. Outfielders used to hit, and for average too. Not this club.
Very disappointing.

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