The Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner have agreed to terms on a new four-year, $52 million contract extension, with a club option for a 5th year worth $12.5 million or a $2 million buyout.
The deal, which will start in 2015, was first reported by YES Network’s Jack Curry, and CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman was the first to say the deal is done.
Gardner said not long after the new broke that signing the extension was “probably the biggest decision I had to make in my life,” and that his hope is to finish his career with the Yankees, and be a one-team kind of player.
When the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year, $152 million extension this offseason, it seemed like this would be Gardner’s last year in pinstripes, with Ellsbury now taking over the center field duties, also bringing his ability to replace Gardner’s speed in the lineup.
Signing him to this extension obviously eliminates anymore talks of the Yankees using Gardner as a trade chip in talks to add another pitcher.
But even throughout the trade talks, Brian Cashman has been a big supporter of Gardner, and never really wanted to move him. Back in December, the Yankees reportedly shot down a trade proposal from the Cincinnati Reds that would have sent Gardner to the Reds for Brandon Phillips, straight up.
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