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Yankees, Brett Gardner avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Dec 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

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No word yet on the money, but Brett Gardner and the Yankees have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract.

Gardner missed all but 16 games this year because of an elbow injured suffered in April and was arbitration eligible for the second time after making $2.8 million in 2012.

Prior to the injury he was an elite defensive left fielder and a dynamic player at the bottom of the Yankees’ lineup, getting on base at a .360 clip and stealing 45 bags per 150 games from 2009-2011. He’ll be under team control again in 2014 before becoming a free agent at age 30.

UPDATE: Gardner signed for $2.85 million.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I like Gardner. Wish he would bunt more for hits…or at least attempt to, but still like him.

  2. rob0527 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Glad to see Yankees keep him, has potential to be danger on base paths.

  3. jwbiii - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    $2.85M, says the AP

  4. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    The deal is done. It’s for $2.85MM guaranteed plus $150K in incentives. Maximum total he can earn $3MM it’s a very good deal for the Yankees and a good deal for Gardner considering he missed virtually the entire 2012 season.

  5. 13arod - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    i dont think he is a 2 million player

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