The Yankees are listening to offers for outfielder Brett Gardner, but have not yet traded him because they haven’t yet received an offer suitable to them, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes.
“He’s here not because I can’t move him; he’s here because I’m not comfortable moving him, or haven’t been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him,” says GM Brian Cashman. “You’re going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I’ve said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it.”
The 33-year-old Gardner is guaranteed $25MM over the next two seasons, including a $2MM buyout on his $12.5MM option for 2019. He’s remained quietly productive in his last few seasons as a Yankee, with a skill set built around on-base percentage, respectable corner outfield defense, and very good baserunning. At last check, though, he wasn’t receiving significant trade interest, although, as MLBTR’s Steve Adams pointed out last week, that might change once more free agent outfielders come off the board. Gardner remains atop the Yankees’ depth chart in left field, although his departure could open playing time for a higher-wattage acquisition, for one of the Yankees’ younger players or even, occasionally, for new acquisition Matt Holliday (who figures to play mostly DH).
Package with betances, get more prospects, continue the rebuild
No abs not
I second that motion…
I third that
The Yankees should never have to do a complete tear down/rebuild. We aren’t that far away from where we want to be.
Packaging with Betances for more prospects would be a great move. But they’ll never do it, as someone said they’ll never do a complete rebuild. Most likely they will overpay for Chapman 5 years, and then trade Gardner for a middle of the rotation SP.
Why we aren’t the braves/browns
Why would you let go of Betances, he’s a big piece
Respectable defense? He just wont a gold glove.
What’s your point? Jeter won a handful and is one of the worst defensive SS since 1900
lol no. Overrated though defensively? Yes.
Far from the worst. He possesed a lot of intangibles and he was so fluid.
Defence is, by definition, tangible. Gold gloves are next to meaningless as people like Jeter, Adam Jones, Vernon Wells etc. won multiple all while being competent to below averaged defenders at their respective positions.
They’ve changed the Gold Glove voting since then. It is still not perfect, but is much better.
This is definitely not true. He was plenty passable at SS until the last few years of his career. There are multiple SS’s in baseball today worse than Jeter was most of his career.
Please please move him. Very overrated. Not sure what the thinking is here but my mother can steal more bases than him and she’s 93. A beer and dog would do it for me
Not overrated at all. Yanks know he will play 150 games, 10-15 hrs, 50-60 RBI, 20-30 stolen bases, 70 walks, and a batting average anywhere between .250-.270 while playing good defense and a good clubhouse guy who will do anything to help the team win. No one is saying he’s a star a player like that sure is nice to have
Overrated or not he is not in any way shape or form worth 50 million over the next 2 years. No one wants that albatross contract.
It’s only $25 million over 2 years
First of all he signed a 4 yr 52 mil contract. He’s owed 25 over the next 2 years, 12.5 per year which is very team friendly considering how much players are making now, you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about
Its not $25MM each for 2 yrs, its a total of $25MM for 2 yrs. That’s damn affordable in this market. I would love to see him on the Tigers. They need some OBA in front of Miggy. I’m thinking he would still be able to play CF. Too bad Detroit can’t even afford his contract.
Then it’s a good thing he’s only getting paid $25 million over the next 2 years! 🙂
It’s still too much for a 33 year old OFer that hits .250 with limited pop and no speed. Plus what little power he has most of that has come at home.
Why would you think he is getting $25M per year? Ever consider doing some research before you post? Or alternatively, follow the sport.
No speed? Have you ever seen Gardner play? Guys who steal 20-30 bases/yr are not slow. Career .264 hitter so not .250 walks a good bit. Matt holiday just got 13 mil, what makes you think 12.5 for Gardner is too much, do you realize money is being thrown around like never before, he would get more on the open market at age 33
Even dumber comment
You provide such incite, dave. Maybe you should post your own blog.
Maybe people should stop posting asinine comments
He’s a 3.4 bWAr player who has been consistently useful. You don’t throw him away
gio gonzalez make it happen!
If the Nationals were able to get Sale I’d think this trade would be more likely to happen. The nats are set on McCutchen now and definitely have the prospects to get him
They aren’t interested in cutch anymore asking price too high
I’m sure we’ve seen the ” best ” of Gardner . Love to see Headly go too !
Cashman is trying to trade him and Headley so bad that it’s no even funny. Getting a single prospect and clearing cap space would be worth it in my opinion.
There’s no cap
geez, dave, where have you been?
Be great if they could get rid of Ellsbury and Headley. But that’s what happens when you overpay for players. You can’t move them.
Diddnt he have a really bad first half of the season or just first month? I can’t remember so I could be way off.
Headley had a terrible first month. Gardner is pretty consistent
Trade gaudy and use the money towards Bautista or go for mccutchen
Bautista? You want that arrogant entitled A-hole in a clubhouse full of youngsters no thanks….getting McCutchen would make no sense with the youth rebuild too
Bautistas never been a bad teammate so idk where you’d get the idea that he’d have a negative impact on the kids
signing Chapman for 5 years doesn’t make sense either with the youth rebuild.
Heck No! Keep Bautista away from the Yankees.
Quick Avila. JUp for Gardner.
Agree, then maybe Avila can re-sign JD to lock down RF, knowing that Stewart or other farmhand will be ready to step in after Gardner’s contract is up.
Sorry, Yanks aren’t bailing Tigers out of that contract.
They should try to get someone like Heath Quinn back. He might be able to get the average farm system’s #6 or 7 prospect as return if the Yankees eat a large portion of the $.
Lol, an average team’s #6-7 prospect AND Yanks eat a large portion of his very reasonable contract? Oh sure, would you like the Yanks to throw in Torres and Frazier as well? You can’t be serious, dude. That, or you’re just very ignorant.
I’d rather see Gardner in STL than Fowler. Leave Grichuk in CF and Gardner in LF. Hopefully Bader pan out and can take CF in 2018 or 2019 and Grichuk can move to LF then. I mean that’s not my ideal option, but it’s better than 4 yrs and $60+ million (rumored amount) and a draft pick for Fowler.
Gomez or Gardner are best fits imo. i dont want Fowler period.
This Cubs fan too would rather see Gardner in stl than fowler. I hope your organization feels the same.
As a cards fan, who would you think they would realistically give up for Gardner?? I’m frequently accused of over-valuing my Yanks.
Gardner for Wacha? Cards have extra SP.
I’d like that but I can’t see the Cards doing that.
No way Wacha. Gardner for Garcia was rumored, but they have sent him to ATL. I would have been fine with that. At this point it would probably have to have 3rd team. Peralta and/or Adams some where, they send something to NYY, and Cards get Garner. If they are trading Wacha I want him packaged to get a younger, controllable OF and reliever too(Eaton and Robertson), or a good platoon with Wong (Pollock and Owings)
Gomber and Hudson or Alcantara or Fernandez
“Respectable” corner outfield defense, el oh el.
You might reasonably say that he “may” have taken a step back in CF, but calling his corner OF defense merely respectable (especially considering how cavernous left-center is) proves that someone is drinking hater-ade.
Maybe you haven’t looked in a few years, but defensive metrics aren’t exactly high on his work in the last 3-4 years. His days of piling up massive UZR and dWAR totals are long gone.
platoon fit for the angels with Maybin in LF??
Well, $9M for Maybin plus $12.5M for Gardner is a $20M platoon–not really the most cost-effective solution. That would basically equal Trout’s salary for 2017.
Aging overrated defensive outfielder owed $25 mil over the next two seasons and with a 92 OPS plus in 2016. Hope the Yankees aren’t looking for much more than a bag of balls in return.
Yes, dave. We know that’s your favorite word.
Shut up tard
He’s 33 that’s not exactly aging. He plays the biggest left field in baseball, still has a good arm, steals 20+ bases and runs the bases very well. Look up Fowler’s stats. Gardy has more steals plays way more games. Fowler was way overpaid in my opinion, but that’s BB these days.
I can see the Giants making an offer. Not much other OF out there andCutch is selling too high.
Im still not keen on Mac Williamson and Jarret Parker platooning in right. I like them as bench options.
Sorry in Left*
Cashman must be trying to see if anyone will give him a couple of good prospects. Maybe a few years ago but Gardner is 33 and coming off a mediocre season. His contract isn’t beneficial either. I could see them getting a solid pitcher but not more than that. No one is going to give them a Turner or Moncada for him.
You and I both know Cashman is not trying to get a prospect the caliber of Moncada or Turner. To even suggest that shows ignorance. At best, you’re looking at a package similar to what the Yankees received in return for McCann.
Cashman kicked in 5M to get those prospects in the McCann trade. Gonna need to kick in 10M for the same kinda return with Gardner.
$10 million total of per year? Either way , that’s a lot to pay for Gardner. He’s making $13 mil a year for the next 2 years which sadly is not a lot nowadays.
Brett Gardner for 7 baseball bats and a can of Campbell’s chunky soup.
Gardner to Giants for Heston & Okert ?????
I doubt we could get beedle so how about
Shaw & Okert.
Wacha for Gardner.
i think that would be a good proposition, maybe throw in someone they may lose in rule 5
Garcia for Gardner would have made sense. Not Wacha. Cards have extra SP and Wacha seems to be the odd man out but no way they only get Gardner for him..And I like Gardner over Fowler and many other options. If they trade Wacha it should be part of a package for a much bigger haul.
Flip Gardner to the Nats for Gio. If there’s one thing the Yankees lack, it’s stability in the rotation. Gonzalez gives the Yankees quality innings and another left hander in the rotation. As of today, our second best starter is Pineda…not the most ideal situation. Gonzalez isn’t the answer, but he’s a much better option than some of the candidates for the last 2 spots in the rotation. Not sold on Severino yet. Definitely want to see Green in the 5th spot. He did enough at the end of last season to earn that shot.
Word is the yanks are going to send two prospects to the nats for gio. Hopefully nobody of significance.
Gio is garbage, awful whip, and can’t go more than 5 innings. I’ll pass.
Agreed. The starting rotation is a big concern. Tanaka and CC are the most reliable but even they are prone to getting hit. Why go so hard after Chapman if he won’t be used often? We really need starting pitching help. The kids have promise but I don’t trust any of them yet and it’s doubtful more than one will prove to be a bonafide and reliable starter
While I agree a BIG no on Gio, but with Clippard, Betances and now Chapman we can use 5-6 solid inning starter.
Look the Yanks are rebuilding and this what you do, to get the money off the books. Gardner is a good veteran player who if the Yanks stand pat could help them make another playoff. They almost made it last year while rebuilding. There will be teams that want Gardner whether it’s now or at the deadline or next winter. It just has to be the right fit.
Can Gardner handle CF? Could be a nice for for the Cardinals
Average defensively in CF.
Sick of seeing Gardner striking out looking…seldom pulls and doesn’t steal early in counts….260 career Ba.
For a guy with Gardners speed and Girardi’s insistence on giving guys the green light to go on their own, he needs to be more committed to running. If he can’t decide what counts to run on, or determine when to go with the right guy at the plate, or the right time in the game, then Girardi needs to start implementing a steal sign. I’m tired of hearing about the green light.
There really should be an IQ test to post here! Cap space, Jeter below avg defender, give away Gardner for beer and hot dogs? Seriously!
I don’t know who said to give away Gardner for beer and hotdogs; that’s insulting to a player of Gardners caliber. However, I do believe that a teams immediate needs must be addressed at a cost. We have options in the outfield. By trading Gardner for a pitcher like Gio Gonzalez, or someone of that ilk, the Yankees can address a need in the rotation. If the Yankees don’t get an offer of value, then Gardner should stay put.
This might be a weird proposition but consider it: Gardner straight up for Granderson.
The mets get someone who can play center as well as a lead off guy. I know the mets have extra outfielders but they need a CF who has some offensive usefulness.
The yanks get more power but keep up the outfield defense in the corner to a reasonable level. The yanks also save money/clear a roster spot for 2018 cuz granderson has only one year while gardy has two.
Maybe this deal would help both teams?
Not a bad idea but mets want to trade bruce not grandy. Yanks also just got Holliday so it’ll be a little cramped.
Mets need 3b &Cf so how about
Headley & Gardner
Dunn & Szapucki
The deal makes sense, but the concept doesn’t…if the Yankees are attempting a youth movement, stick with the plan and give the kids a real opportunity. Another year of a veteran player on a lucrative contract will only continue to block the development of the younger players.
Gardner to Texas for Gallo. Then trade Headley. That makes most sense. Don’t want Grandy.
There’s no way Texas does that.
Gardner for Gallo? Straight up? In what world would that happen? I wouldn’t even let Texas make that deal and this coming from a Yankee fan.
I don’t recall saying straight up but I didn’t specify other players in trade. But let me ask you a question? Do you think Gallo is a big prospect at this point? He can’t stick with big club and strikes out a ton and Texas according to rumors are down on him and said he was starting back in aaa. I think the prosoect shine has worn off and he is one more avg season in minors away from being a job prospect. He batted .170 in majors last year and .240 in aaa. So how are you evaluating him and what do you think his return should be? Should we give them Gardner and Sanchez?
Gardner and Judge would be a good start.
I wish. They would never get Gallo for Gardner. And they’re not going to be able to move Headley since he is terrible and overpriced.
Nothing like a nonpower hitting left fielder owed 26M the next 2 seasons. Should definitely trade him for Carrasco.
$26m TOtal. Not per season. He’s not overpaid. He’s a 3 WAR OFer which is a little bit above average.
Tigers do something please
Billysbballz…you posed the question, and said “Gardner for Gallo.” Like it or not, Gallo is still a prospect along with his .170 in the bigs. I’m not pretending to be a talent evaluator and I’ve never seen the kid play. But as a player with a “prospect” tag attached to the name it’s going to take more than Garnder to pry him from Texas. Don’t be ridiculous in suggesting that the I would consider moving Sanchez with Gardner. Sanchez is as untouchable as it gets. With all of that said, this conversation is pointless because it won’t happen.
Then who would be In there pen