NEW 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.
Here’s the press release from the Yankees:
The New York Yankees announced today that 3B Alex Rodriguez will undergo a left hip arthroscopy to repair a torn labrum, bone impingement and the correction of a cyst.
The injury was discovered after the conclusion of the season during Rodriguez’s regularly scheduled annual November physical evaluation with Dr. Marc Philippon. The diagnosis was confirmed after the Yankees sought the second opinion of Dr. Bryan Kelly. Both doctors believe that there is a very strong possibility that Rodriguez’s hip condition may have had a negative effect on his performance during the latter stages of the season and the playoffs.
The procedure will be performed by Dr. Kelly at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York after Rodriguez completes a four-to-six week pre-habilitation regimen, as directed by Dr. Kelly.
The surgery—which will be similar but not identical to the one performed on Rodriguez’s right hip in 2009—is anticipated to require a four-to-six month recovery time.
Major League Baseball has announced game times for Game 3 of the American League Division Series, scheduled for Wednesday between the Yankees and Orioles in New York.
The game is set for 7:37 p.m. ET, but that could change if both the Reds-Giants NLDS and the Athletics-Tigers ALDS are over by then. If that’s the case, TBS would bump the Yankees and Orioles back an hour to 8:37 p.m. ET so they air in prime time.
Here’s the release from the Yankees, as the wind whips the flags here in the Bronx and the storm is on the way:
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TONIGHT’S YANKEES-BLUE JAYS GAME POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER;
WILL BE MADE UP AS FIRST GAME (1:05 P.M.) OF DAY-NIGHT SEPARATE-ADMISSION DOUBLEHEADER ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
The New York Yankees announced that tonight’s game between the Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather. This marks the first game postponed at Yankee Stadium during the 2012 season.
Tonight’s postponed game will be made up as the first game (1:05 p.m.) of a day-night, separate admission doubleheader to be played tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19 at Yankee Stadium. The game originally scheduled for September 19 remains scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start.
***THE ONLY TICKETS VALID FOR WEDNESDAY’S 1:05 P.M. GAME ARE TICKETS DATED SEPTEMBER 18.***
Fans holding paid tickets for tonight’s game may use them for the rescheduled game or exchange their paid tickets for any regular season game at Yankee Stadium during the 2012 or 2013 season (subject to availability).
Fans holding Complimentary tickets (COMP) for tonight’s game must use them for the rescheduled game on Wednesday, September 19 at 1:05 p.m. Complimentary tickets (COMP) or equivalent tickets bear no cash value and do not have any additional benefits that may be offered to ticket(s) with a dollar value.
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Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees acquired INF Casey McGehee along with cash considerations from Pittsburgh in exchange for RHP Chad Qualls. McGehee has been added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster, but is not required to be added to the 25-man roster until he reports.
Additionally, the Yankees have returned from rehab and reinstated RHP Joba Chamberlain from the 60-day disabled list and he is active for tonight’s game.
The Yankees’ 40-man roster now stands at 39.