Thursday, January 2, 2014

With six outfielders on the roster, the Yankees are looking to move at least one or two. Brett Gardner has been a name that has come up time after time this offseason.

Gardner has been drawing a ton of interest, and at least six teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, have made a run at Gardner in trade talks, according to Peter Gammons of

The Yankees have expressed several times that they have no intentions of trading Gardner, but would be willing to listen to any offers that teams have, especially if it brings them back a starting pitcher.

Back in November, the Cincinnati Reds offered the Yankees second baseman Brandon Phillips, but they turned that deal down on a count of the nearly $50 million owed to Phillips over the next four years. Plus, it seems the only way that the Yankees will let go of Gardner is if it brings them back a starter.

When the Yankees head into Spring Training, Gardner will most likely serve as the team's left fielder, with Jacoby Ellsbury in center and Carlos Beltran in right field. Alfonso Soriano might also spend some time in left field, swapping in and out with Beltran at DH.

Gardner has one year left on his contract and will be a free-agent after this upcoming season. He's expected to cash-in next offseason, and after just signing Ellsbury to a massive contract, the Yanks might not be looking to add on the extra money of Gardner long-term. He is also eligible for arbitration this winter, and is expected to bring in around $5 million in 2014.


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