Sherman: Yankees avoid arbitration with Brett Gardner


Via Joel Sherman: The Yankees have avoided arbitration with Brett Gardner by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5.6M. He was projected for $4M by Matt Swartz, but the players’ union expected him to receive a “considerably higher” salary. The union was right.

Gardner hit .273/.344/.416 (108 wRC+) with eight homers and 24 steals last season. The Yankees’ only two remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players are David Robertson ($5.5M projected) and Ivan Nova ($2.8M projected). They’ve already signed Gardner, Shawn Kelley ($1.7625M), and Frankie Cervelli ($700k).

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  • mt

    That $1.6 million extra over the model is another cog in ensuring that $189 million budget goal could be over even if they don’t get Tanaka.

    Of course they could still trade Gardner – Swartz model projects Reds’ Homer Bailey at $9.3 million.

  • TWTR

    It also may produce some goodwill with Gardner if they ultimately decide they want to try to keep him longer term.

  • vicki


  • Chip Rodriguez

    Every cent of that deal earned. Please stay a Yankee for many years, Brett.

  • mahkk

    Brett the Jet!

  • Eric
  • Mike

    Nice looks like a hometown discount.