Yankees “Absolutely No Intention” Of Trading Gardner

The Yankees have "absolutely no intention" of trading Brett Gardner to clear room in their crowded outfield or to fill a need elsewhere, according to team president Randy Levine. Levine made the comments this morning on ESPN Radio's The Ian O'Connor Show (partial transcript courtesy of ESPNNewYork.com).

"We think he's going to be on the roster," Levine said. "One of the reasons the baseball people signed Jacoby Ellsbury is the two of them together present a tremendous dynamic one-two or nine-one, whatever Joe Girardi decides to write in at the top of the lineup. One will play left, one will play center, and it's a tremendous defensive situation. So, no, there's absolutely no intention to move Brett Gardner."

Gardner has been a popular name on MLBTR this winter with reports linking him to the Tigers, Reds, Indians, and Giants. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects a $4MM arbitration salary for the 30-year-old after he slashed .273/.344/.416 in 609 plate appearances with 24 steals and an AL-leading 10 triples in 2013. Gardner will be eligible for free agency next offseason.

Levine also addressed the Alex Rodriguez situation and its implications on the team's desire to remain underneath the $189MM luxury tax ceiling. With a decision from the arbitrator expected next month on A-Rod's 211-game suspension, Levine claims the third baseman is in the team's 2014 plans.

"From our planning purposes, we have Alex Rodriguez in our budget as is if he will be playing," Levine said. "And that's the way it will be until there's a change of circumstance. His money is in the budget. But as we stand now, we have a shot to get to 189. I think it's a fair shot. It all depends on what type of players become available to us, and what choices we have to make."


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154 Comments on "Yankees “Absolutely No Intention” Of Trading Gardner"


GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

I’ve had no intentions of doing some things either, but i did them. To me, it makes little sense to keep Gardner if he can be used to fill a need elsewhere via trade.

liberalconservative
1 year 8 months ago

Gardner’s value is only going to go up not down. The yanks still may trade him but that will be after they get a big over pay. Some team will lose their starting CF and over pay with a good young starter. Keep a eye on the tigers or Braves.

slasher016
1 year 8 months ago

No one is going to overpay for Gardner with one year or less on his contract.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

They only have so much time. Gardner is a FA next offseason

ROR1997
1 year 8 months ago

Only way I see him being traded, is in a trade for both a SP and 2B.

Collateral96
1 year 8 months ago

I think they would have paid phillips the extra money if a starter was attached there wasn’t one so it got rejected

Collateral96
1 year 8 months ago

oh right sorry for saying the same thing

Joe Orsatti
1 year 8 months ago

Ichiro is on the move. $6.5mm for a .270 hitter who can pay for himself in ticket sales and jerseys in 2 months. I’d say that a small market team in the AL may be into him. Minnesota Twins maybe. The return may be like Vanimal or something like that. I can see that happening. If they are going for the “Win this Year” thing then it may be good for then to jump.

ziggy13
1 year 8 months ago

Don’t think you’ll be seeing a lot of jersey sales for an old player in the last year of his contract

beisbolista
1 year 8 months ago

Ichiro is not a typical old player in the last year of his contract. No matter where he goes, he draws huge numbers from the Japanese community, and they go absolutely gaga over him. He is Japan’s Babe Ruth, and until he retires, he’ll continue to have that same magic.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

Sadaharu Oh is Japan’s version of Babe Ruth.

beisbolista
1 year 8 months ago

If not Gabe Kapler

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

Well Kapler is in a whole other stratosphere!

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

hes also played 146 games every year minimum and south of 157 just twice. and he was still worth 1.4 bWAR last year in arguably his worst offensive season of his career.

The_Unnatural
1 year 8 months ago

Under 2 WAR isn’t good. It’s not considered an everyday player.

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

there are 30 major league baseball teams. 8 position players per team. thats 240 players, provided NO ONE GETS INJURED.

99 position players put up 2.0 fWAR last year.

120 put up 1.0

Ichiro’s 1.2 fWAR was good for 117th in the game, and worth roughly 8mm in salary.

not sure what world you’re living in.

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

Also, 45 OF posted more fWAR than Ichiro total. Meaning at least 50% of the starting OF in the game put up less fWAR

JaysFan1996
1 year 8 months ago

you are living in the NL world I think, 9 players depending if you count the DH

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

If we are getting technical, DH doesn’t have a position on the player, ergo he is not a position player…but I’m more trolling then anything with that comment

beisbolista
1 year 8 months ago

Plus, the guy can still rake against lefties. There is a platoon situation for him out there somewhere at the very least.

truthlemonade
1 year 8 months ago

Does Ichiro really draw “huge draws” from the Japanese community? I doubt it. And secondly, how many cities actually have “Japanese communities” to draw from? I’m thinking, LA, SF/Oak, NY, and Seattle. LA has too many outfielders as it is. NY already has him. Seattle might take him back for old time’s sake. I think you’re overvaluing Ichiro’s popularity and ability to sell jerseys.

beisbolista
1 year 8 months ago

His draw is not limited to the local market. Japanese fans travel from great distances to see Ichiro play. He is a huge draw. Next season, go to a home game, or even an away game where Ichiro is playing and you’ll know what I mean. Visit the press box- a huge contingent of Asian continent reporters there to report just on Ichiro. This is not made up stuff.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

While I agree that he has a huge following, I disagree with the original idea that he draws in enough revenues to cover his contract.

Most of the “hype” that follows Ichiro is media coverage. While his jersey might sell well and a few fans might come to see him play, most of the draw will come from the Japanese media and additional media is more of a cost burden than an actual revenue stream (unless they buy excess amounts of food from the press box cafeteria)

beisbolista
1 year 8 months ago

The amount of revenue a player draws is only part of the equation when it comes to a player’s value to a team. Despite Ichiro’s regression in defense and poor performance against righties at the plate, he has triple slash against lefties in the last few years remains impressive, including an average well above .300. Between Ichiro’s value as a brand and a draw, and his value as a player, he is well worth the price of admission for many teams. In fact, the Yankees would not hesitate to keep him if it were not for the outfield traffic jam.

FamousGrouse
1 year 8 months ago

I see them at Ross all the time.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

Ichiro would serve as a novelty draw perhaps, at first, but that would soon wear off.

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

the deal that makes a lot of sense is actually some combination of Ichiro to Philly for papelbon.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

It makes no sense for the Phillies other than Amaro is a horrendous GM.

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

depends. If they really want to rid him out of the clubhouse, and theres no money changing hands, they still need a LH bench bat, and they pick up 6mm in salary relief this year and rid themselves of the contract next year and after. shift MAG to the Pen, go sign santana or Garza or Jimenez….

its not completely out of context, especially if they can swing a prospect back as well. Paps is worth more than Ichiro straight, but the salary relief pat for the Yankees makes a ton of sense this year.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

I just don’t see Ichiro as viable help for most any team.

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

for the Phillies he’s actually a nice insurance policy as a LH bat off the bench/platoon with Byrd, defensive replacement, and they rid themselves of Papelbon. Most teams arent getting salary relief by taking on his contract. The Phillies pick up 6mm this year and 13mm next.

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

the other thing to remember about the Phillies here: Byrd is 35. he hasn’t played 150 games since 2010. Brown gets hurt every year, and Revere has yet to play more than 124 games in a season. after those three? they’re OF depth is John Mayberry, who should have been non tendered and two non OF in Ruf and Cesar Hernandez who likely doesn’t make the roster now. They actually need another OF option.

suzuki has played less than 150 games ONCE in his entire career. the dude is a picture of health. I’m a phillies fan, and I make that deal all day.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 8 months ago

Cesar is out of options and exposing him to waivers would just be plain stupid, he hit over 300 in the 30 or so games he played with Philly this year. I’d start Ruf in AAA this season unless we get a good trade for Cesar.

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

Cesar is not put of options. International rules give him one more year.

And in either case, if Frandsen is on the roster, galvis is your back up SS, you can’t carry Cesar and Frandsen. Something has to give there.

Joe Valenti
1 year 8 months ago

I actually see his point here. It’s not so much that Ichiro is a fit, it’s that Papelbon is even less of a fit. They are simply just trying to free some space in the budget. They could also get a prospect in return

chris hines
1 year 8 months ago

Ichiro hit .235/.282/.307 against RHP this year… He’s done.

East Coast Bias
1 year 8 months ago

Yankees need pitching, but trading Gardner is not the answer. They should sign a bunch of lower tier arms and hope one of them pans out. They did the same thing a few years ago with Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia.

Of course, they can make a push for Garza or Santana, depending on how close they are to the 189m. I really wish the team (and fans) would get some closure on the ARod situation soon, so the Yankees can make appropriate moves based on the outcome.

FamousGrouse
1 year 8 months ago

Even guys that didn’t make good-like Mike Pelfry and Edison Volquez are signing for $5-8 million.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 8 months ago

I am still holding out hope that once it is announced that A-Rod is going to be suspended for at least 181 games, the Yankees will pull off a blockbuster trade, sending Brett Gardner, Michael Pineda, and Ichiro Suzuki to the Milwaukee Brewers for Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Rickie Weeks. They will then turn around and trade Weeks to the Detroit Tigers for Ian Kinsler.

I am operating under the belief that Masahiro Tanaka will be posted and that the Yankees will get him. CC, Kuroda, and Tanaka will make up the front end of the starting rotation and some combination of Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda (unless he is traded) and David Phelps will be their #4 and #5 starters with David Huff and Adam Warren also being spot starters/long relievers.

strikethree
1 year 8 months ago

What did I just read…

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

no, i heard gardner for trout straight up earlier.

scrody13
1 year 8 months ago

No way that deal gets done. Anaheim would have to sweeten the pot a little bit more.

Brandon Mason
1 year 8 months ago

Good their going to need him when Ellsbury Gets Hurt.

FamousGrouse
1 year 8 months ago

Hey he has to keep in good shape for that 2020 contract.

RyanWKrol
1 year 8 months ago

Lots of DH time might be needed for Beltran, Ichiro, and Soriano. I say trade Ichiro for a SP if they can. Soriano, Ellsbury, Gardner, Beltran in their OF can still work out where everyone gets due playing time because Soriano and Beltran could still need increasing DH time.

East Coast Bias
1 year 8 months ago

Soriano will be the full time DH, with Beltran, Jeter, etc. going to DH when he gets a day off. I wouldn’t include him in the OF mix. It just muddles things.

Also, Ichiro is the 4th OF, there to give any of the OFs a day off.

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

Why would Ichiro DH??? Unless you meant Jeter?

BCleveland3381
1 year 8 months ago

Im just not sure who the Yanks would be able to get for Ichiro. Maybe a guy with a year left on a deal coming off a bad year. But Ichiro had a terrible year by Ichirio’s standards last season. His OBP was under .300. He’s 40 years old and making 6.5 mil, Im just not sure what team would give up anything for him.

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

My only guess would be a middle relief pitcher at best. I think they should actually keep him because he can be serviceable off the bench as a pinch runner or defensive replacement

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

I wasn’t sure what team would pay him $13M over 2 years, but that happened.

InvalidUserID
1 year 8 months ago

That’s nice Yankees. You still need an everyday 2B, 3B and at least one more starting pitcher along with bullpen help.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 8 months ago

Once it is announced that A-Rod is going to be suspended for at least 181 games, the Yankees will pull off a blockbuster trade, sending Brett Gardner, Michael Pineda, and Ichiro Suzuki to the Milwaukee Brewers for Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Rickie Weeks. They will then turn around and trade Weeks to the Detroit Tigers for Ian Kinsler.

I am operating under the belief that Masahiro Tanaka will be posted
and that the Yankees will get him. CC, Kuroda, and Tanaka will make up
the front end of the starting rotation and some combination of Ivan
Nova, Michael Pineda (unless he is traded) and David Phelps will be
their #4 and #5 starters with David Huff and Adam Warren also being spot
starters/long relievers.

LazerTown
1 year 8 months ago

Just because it worked on your xbox doesn’t mean it does in real life. If the Brewers are trading those players they can get a much much better package than Gardner/Pineda/Ichiro.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 8 months ago

How do you figure? Nobody knows what Braun’s post-PED production will be, nobody other than the Yankees can afford to take that kind of risk on Braun’s contract, and nobody other than the Yankees will take over $30MM of salary obligations in the form of the money due Ramirez and Weeks in 2014. I think that it would be a good deal for both teams.

hediouspb
1 year 8 months ago

A rod is still at third… Can’t replace him till they work that mess out. Nunez can man second along with the other guys on the roster.

dc21892
1 year 8 months ago

Everyone thought that with Crawford and Ellsbury too. Just saying…

East Coast Bias
1 year 8 months ago

Ellsbury didn’t get traded. Just saying…

dc21892
1 year 8 months ago

I’m strictly talking about pairing two similar skill sets. They’re saying they feels it’s an asset. No one is talking about Ellsbury being traded. I was referring to how they mentioned it’s an asset to have them both in the lineup. I’m aware Ellsbury didn’t get traded, and left on his own.

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

And Gardner doesnt have an obscure contract

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

Sign Matt Garza. Mark Ellis wouldve been a nice temporary 2b, dont know why Cashman didnt move in on him. Or even Michael Young

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

Young is still available I think. Hoping he’s not an everyday starter though

GetTheRunnerOver
1 year 8 months ago

He would still hit for a solid average, especially in Yankee stadium. Better than KJ at least right?

Too Many Idiots
1 year 8 months ago

Yankee Stadium usually doesn’t help RH hitters.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 8 months ago

I think that Kelly Johnson is going to be the Francisco Liriano of 2014, but even if he isn’t, if the Yankees sign Stephen Drew and Michael Young, they will have more than enough infield depth and offensive upside to be very competitive next year, especially if they are able to get Masahiro Tanaka for their rotation and Jonathan Papelbon for their bullpen.

James F
1 year 8 months ago

Michael Young is bad at baseball.

The Original Drew
1 year 8 months ago

I wouldn’t put too much stock in Levines comments. Do I think the Yankees are actively shopping Gardner? Not at all, but I do believe that there are teams making calls to the Yankees. If the Reds were to offer Homer Bailey for Gardner it would be really hard for the Yankees to say no.

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

I think Yanks would accept that too and should. When is Bailey a FA?

jjs91
1 year 8 months ago

2015.

WrigleyTerror37
1 year 8 months ago

Same as Gardner after 2014

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 8 months ago

I would have preferred to trade for Brett Anderson when he was still available and I would only trade for Bailey if I am getting Phillips as well without having to pay him more money. Otherwise, I will be happy to wait and see what happens with Masahiro Tanaka and if I cannot get him, then I would prefer to bid on a cheaper lefty like Paul Maholm.

j m
1 year 8 months ago

You’re dreaming if you think the Reds would offer Bailey straight up for Gardner. Bailey was top 10 in the NL in innings, SO, SO/BB ratio, and was 11th in whip.

The Original Drew
1 year 8 months ago

I never said that the Reds would do that. My point was that Bailey would be the type of pitcher the Yankees would trade Gardner for. They aren’t shopping him and they wouldn’t take nothing for him just because they have 4 outfielders. Please carefully read things before overreacting.

WazBazbo
1 year 8 months ago

If they have to pay A-Rod next year, the only way they’re staying under 189 is to hire a bunch of guys at minimum wage… not baseball minimum wage, but McDonald’s minimum…

MLB_in_the_Know
1 year 8 months ago

They only need to be under 189 for one season for luxury tax purposes.

WazBazbo
1 year 8 months ago

I know… but if they wind up responsible for A-Rod’s salary and with everything else they have on the books, I just don’t see how they fill out their roster for 2014 and stay under the 189, even for one season. Without A-Rod, yes, possible. The Yankees lose SO much revenue by not being competitive that it’s near worth it for them to have to eat another year of the tax.

pft2
1 year 8 months ago

They are already over 189, about 200 with Arod, but I agree with you on the potential lost revenue. Right now they must be hoping the prayer of a healthy Jeter and a couple of new faces will bring out the fans, so it depends on if Yankee fans buy the spin or not.

YES revenues are pretty much locked no matter how they do as only 20% of YES revenues come from advertising, as fans and nonfans are locked into paying YES with their cable bills.

WazBazbo
1 year 8 months ago

Ah, thank you for the YES info. I had read somewhere that the team lost some off the revenues from last season, but I wasn’t able to find any followup on it. As with so many teams any more, even for the Yankees, the network is a savior.

Erich Dobson
1 year 8 months ago

Where do you keep getting this “already over $189″ nonsense? The Soriano and Wells contracts are mostly being paid by their old teams.

Denny Doyle
1 year 8 months ago

But its clearly not happening this year. Think they’re right up against it right now, with 5 or 6 roster spots to go. Even ARod can’t help that much. (At least not the way Cashman is spending)

pft2
1 year 8 months ago

So they go over the LT threshold in 2015 at a 17% tax? How do they save in 2015? If they go over 30 million in 2015 they save 10 million in tax? That’s worth tanking 2014? Makes no sense. They could lose 50-75 million in revenues with another 85 W season like last year.

Maybe if their farm system was not producing squat they could consider 189, but they have not developed a full time position player since Gardner in 2005

Catztradamus
1 year 8 months ago

I’m kind of shocked that there haven’t been any Franklin/Ackley to the yankees rumors.

Seamaholic
1 year 8 months ago

What do the Yanks have to give to Mariners?

SluggerBro
1 year 8 months ago

Why is Randy Levine saying this? Isn’t this ownership and Cashman’s job? This guy seems like he’s really outstaying his welcome and overstepping his bounds the past few years, what exactly does he do anyway besides cause embarassment with comments that cause MLB to investigate him and rifts between players and managment these days?

Delia Enriquez
1 year 8 months ago

He’s basically repeating what Brian Cashman has been saying for the past two weeks or so. Maybe since no one was listening to Cashman, they’d have Levine say it as well. And if this doesn’t work, then maybe that’s when Hal and Hank get involved.

Matt Galvin
1 year 8 months ago

Soriano back to 2B.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

That would be hilarious to watch.

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

If the Bronx eats all but league minimum contract for Ichiro, what kind of keystone will they get in return? Can Gardner play second?

Stoibs
1 year 8 months ago

hahaha

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

Gardner did play infield for the Bronx. Billy. Threw right-handed.

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

“Shotgun” Billy. Now we know how Willie Nelson named that album.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

A left handed 2nd baseman.

sgtschmidt11
1 year 8 months ago

There is only one available Lefty 2B out there. The Yanks would have to trade for Daniel Murphy. Kipnis, Cano (obviously), and Carpenter are unavailable. Kelly Johnson is already on the Yanks. Utley maybe? or Ackley as a buy-low prospect. There you go, a complete list of LH 2b out there, good luck.

stl_cards16
1 year 8 months ago

He is referring to Gardner being left handed(throwing)……which you don’t see at 2B.

sgtschmidt11
1 year 8 months ago

Or he’s requesting a Lefty 2B in trade for Gardner. After all that is what Cano was. I’m fully aware that there is no such thing as a lefty throwing 2B. SS & 3B it isn’t seen as well. Depends if he’s responding to the first prompt or the second.

Fat, Ugly Inner-City Sweathog
1 year 8 months ago

If there is a taker for Ichiro, that has to be the play. No one wants Wells. Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran in the OF, rotating with Soriano at DH/OF sounds very good for the Yankees. Gardner has the greatest value of course, but if they can’t get a SP, bravo for keeping him

nwh2787
1 year 8 months ago

They have six outfielders, I am pretty sure Suzuki will get traded.

WazBazbo
1 year 8 months ago

But you have to have a trade partner for that to happen. Who’s going to want him?

nwh2787
1 year 8 months ago

Good question, but who would want Vernon Wells or Alfonso Soriano? I don’t think the Mariners would be interested in a reunion but who knows. It would be someone on the west coast I am sure.

kcstengelSr
1 year 8 months ago

If the Yankees don’t get a second baseman this week, how much will they lose in season ticket sales before Christmas? They could lose more money than the luxury tax hit. Gardner is a chip, even with only one year of club control. Ichiro is no longer much of a chip, unless the Bronx Christmas-gift second baseman to entice ticket sales is someone we all have to look up in the record books.

Bertin Lefkovic
1 year 8 months ago

Brian McCann is far more of an upgrade at catcher than Kelly Johnson would be a downgrade at 2B. In fact, I predict that KJ will be the Francisco Liriano of 2014. I seriously doubt that the Yankees are going to be having problems selling tickets this year. Beltran and Ellsbury will be far more interesting to watch than Cano, who is going to be a bust in Seattle. I predict that he never hits over .300 or gets more than 20 HRs, 100 RBIs, or 100 runs scored again in his career.