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Brett Gardner, Yankees skip arbitration, settle for $2.8 million

Jan 20, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

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Brett Gardner and the Yankees won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal that Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports is worth $2.8 million.

That’s the exact midpoint between the $3.2 million figure Gardner submitted and the Yankees’ counter of $2.4 million.

Gardner gets a six-fold raise in his first season of arbitration eligibility after hitting .259 with a .349 on-base percentage and league-leading 49 steals in 2011. He’s under the Yankees’ control through 2014.

  1. danrizzle - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Glad to see him get a nice raise. According to fangraphs, he’s been worth 14.8 WAR to the Yanks in his pre-arb years. Not bad at all.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Good deal for both sides. Gardner gets a nice raise even if it’s not the exact amount he was asking for. The Yankees keep and exciting player happy and once that certainly earns his money on the defensive side of the field. And he makes things happen when he gets on base.

  3. yankeesgameday - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    He needs to step up and grab the lead off spot from jeter. He needs to really increase his average, especially against lefties and swing the bat more with runners in scoring position instead of always looking for a walk. Gardner has the tools to be a superstar, I think he can be more impactful than johnny Damon ever was, but he’s leaving a lot of opportunities wasted.

    I’m really pulling for this guy.

  4. buffalomafia - Jan 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    He might be a good outfeilder but he cant hit for shit!

    • Kevin S. - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      He hits just fine. When you have his speed you get on base any way you can (which he’s pretty good at) and then you run from there. Gardner’s offensive value isn’t a detriment to the Yankees, it’s a plus. It’s just not the traditional LFer’s profile.

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