Update: Yankees sign Brett Gardner to one-year deal, avoid arbitration


Saturday: The deal is worth $2.85MM with another $150k in plate appearance-based bonuses according to the AP. Gardner will receive $25k each for 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, and 500 plate appearances next year.

Friday: The Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with Brett Gardner to avoid arbitration, the team announced. No word on the terms, but MLBTR projected a $2.8M salary.

Gardner, 29, earned $2.8M this season and isn’t expected to get a raise after appearing in only 16 games due to a left elbow injury. He’ll be arbitration-eligible again in 2014 before qualifying for free agency after the season. This was a lost year for Gardner, though I suppose the fringe benefit for the club is that it will help keep his salary down these next two years.

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  1. 0-fur says:

    Brett GRITner

  2. Wow! 2.8million for a guy who missed a year. No wonder A-Rod’s worth so much. Pineda is a steal!!!

    • Preston says:

      Players rarely get pay decreases in arbitration, he made 2.8 million last year. They basically gave him the 100k bump to avoid the process. Otherwise you have to go in front of an arbiter an argue that Brett Gardner is terrible in front of him and his agent. Not worth the savings.

  3. 42isNotMortal says:

    Still, 2.8 mil is great in my book for one of the better ranged OF’ers around. I wonder how much his elbow cost him/ saved the Yanks in salary this year?

  4. I am not the droids you're looking for... says:

    Actually this is the plan to get under $189mm for 2014: all the guys still in arb years will have serious injuries this year, dramatically lowering their salaries for 2014. All those raises we’re factoring in? Fuggedaboudit.

  5. Elton Cod says:

    The Yankees front office are GENUISES! This winter we have already signed Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettite, Hiroki Kuroda, and Brett Gardner! That’s like 4/9 of a team. I don’t understand why people are complaining, we are so set for next year. World Series here we come. I am so happy that they are doing what they need to do to get under the luxury tax. I know that the Steinbrenners will pass the added profits onto fans by making ticket prices more affordable.

    • dalelama says:

      Because we are worse off than last year when we folded like a cheap suit in the playoffs. We have lost Swisher, Martin, Soriano, and half a regular season of Aroid. So far we have picked up no one.

      • Burn Girardi's Binder says:

        Pretty sure his comment was made in jest. The tip off was the whole ticket prices more affordable thing. Never happening.

      • JU says:

        How do u reference folding like a cheap suit in the playoffs, and then base ur argument on losing 3 guys that provided virtually no value in said playoffs?

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Because replacing Soriano with Mo is a huge downgrade, ARod played a full 2012, and the season is half over in March…

        Why do you waste your time and everyone else’s trolling? What sort of pleasure do you get from it?

  6. JohnC says:

    I guess this will be the recurring flurry of wisecracks for whoever the Yanks sign the rest of the winter

  7. BJ says:

    Boston Herald reports Gardner’s contract is worth $2.85 million.

  8. Rich in NJ says:

    In today’s market, if Gardner stays healthy, he has about the most cost-effective contract on the team.

  9. Brian S. says:

    punch and judy hitter…throw a parade…

  10. Tom Morea says:

    Gardner is a nothing ballplayer over five years. Frightened or undecided to steal bases; lacks ability to bunt and has zero power.

  11. You should have shot Arod says:

    Gardy better turn into a player this year or we are shot in the OF next year.

  12. Mickey Scheister says:

    Not completely off topic, but moving Gardner to CF would, in theory, lower his next year arb raise (WAR wouldn’t be as high in CF), reduce Grandys FA value (40 HR not as sexy from a corner OF spot) and improve team defense. Saving money in 2013 and making it more likely to sign Grandy as a FA.

  13. Brooklyn Nets says:

    What I find hilarious is that Melky is the better baseball player. By far. And that’s the one we let walk.

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      He wasn’t before he started taking Testosterone…

    • 5 more strawmens says:

      I find it even more hilarious that the Yankees DID NOT let Melky walk, but instead traded him in the 2nd Vazquez deal.

      For which they still have a serviceable lefty in Logan, and the draft pick that became Dante Bichette, Jr.

      I find it still more hilarious that it was both the Braves that actually let Melky walk for nothing.

  14. 5 more strawmens says:

    …oh, and the Royals that traded him for a sore-armed lefty in Sanchez. And the Giants who were blind-sided by his steroid use.

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