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Yankees agree to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with outfielder Brett Gardner

Feb 23, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

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From Jack Curry of the YES Network comes word that the Yankees are on the verge of signing outfielder Brett Gardner to a four-year, $52 million contract extension. The deal, which will officially begin in 2015, also includes a $12.5 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for the 2019 season.

Gardner was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time this winter, so the new contract covers four years of free agency (with a possible fifth).

Gardner, 30, batted .273/.344/.416 with 24 steals and 81 runs in 145 games last year for New York.


UPDATE, 1:51 p.m. ET: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that it’s a done deal.

  1. chip56 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    People who are knocking this contract need to understand the economics of baseball and the compensation system.

    If the Yankees were planning to make Gardner a Qualifying Offer at the end of the season they’re already offering him $14-15 mil – so now it’s just a matter of years.

    Beyond that – look at the contracts handed out to Angel Pagan, Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn. Gardner’s far better than Pagan ($10 m/year) and at least as good as Bourn and Victorino who both make $13.5/year.

    • jrob23 - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:46 AM

      Gardner is a tier below Victorino. Shane has him beat offensively by a pretty good margin and holds his own defensively as well. Pagan is a great comparison. I am sure if he played in a small park like Gardner has his numbers would be even better and he’d be closer to Victorino than Gardner. Bourne is slightly better too. Seems to me that Gardner is an asset and deserves around what his peers are making. That number is anywhere from 11-13 million a season. In other words, nothing you say, and no matter how hard you claim to be the only one who understands the economics of baseball and the compensation system will change that fact. The numbers back it up. Stop being a fanboy

      • Kevin S. - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:10 AM

        Funny how you talk about the numbers backing up Victorino being clearly better than Gardner when that’s simply not the case. One, while Victorino is a solid defensive outfielder, Brett Gardner is a superlative one. Two, Victorino is not as significantly a greater offensive player as you make him out to be (better power, slightly worse baserunning and on-base skills). Compare their career wRC+s, Victorino comes out ahead but it’s only 106-101. Three, consider that Victorino signed coming off a bad season when people were seriously questioning if he was in decline while Gardner signed following his third good season in four years (with the fourth being lost to injury). Five, Victorino was a year older when he signed than Gardner will be when the extension kicks in. Gardner got an extra year of security, but the Yankees also got some upside in the deal with the club option. Two similar players got similar contracts, news at eleven.

      • chip56 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        and his contract is paying him $13 mil a year – so yes, the economics of the game dictate that his salary isn’t out of whack. The numbers back it up. Stop being a douchebag.

    • greggmondo - May 6, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Do we forget that Gardner can’t hit the side of a barn?

  2. jfk69 - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Signed and now very trade-able, if the need arises. Fringe players with a 200 batting avg now getting 8 million. Imagine 2 to 3 years out what it will cost to sign him. Based on present signings,15 million per if he just plays at present level. Smart move and good PR for the Yankees.

  3. chc4 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Gardner at $14m/per season is not “very tradeable”. In fact he’s not tradeable at all. He’s a decent player now making lots of money. Fits perfectly on that team.

  4. 4cornersfan - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    This gives them 2 .350 OBP guys who can run to put at the top of the batting order for the next few years. Not a bad signing.

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