• Brett Gardner, 2018

    Posted by on February 20th, 2018 · Comments (6)

    Big decision on Gardner at the end of this season. It’s a $12.5M Team Option, or, a $2M Buyout.

    You could make a case that Gardner is one of the ten best left-fielders, all-around, in the major leagues. But, he will be 35-years old in 2019.

    You could make a case that Gardner is one of the Top 25 Yankees players of all-time. But, you also have Stanton, Judge, Hicks, and maybe Ellsbury and Frazier on the 40-man roster in 2019. Lastly, Cave, McKinney and Florial are in the wings.

    It would be fair to say that Gardner is a leader on the Yankees team. But, it’s also fair to say that he’s basically been a league average offensive player the last 3 years and his real value comes from playing the field. And, when the glove, arm, and legs start to go, he’s not a $12 million player.

    I’m sure that Gardner saw the free agent market this past off-season. He’s probably still waiting to see what happens with Melky Cabrera and what kind of deal there is for him.

    It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of season Gardner posts in 2018 and what that means for him afterwards.

    Comments on Brett Gardner, 2018

    1. clintfsu813
      February 21st, 2018 | 2:43 pm

      My guess it won’t be that hard of a decision with all the options you mentioned. Brett is a great leader and teammate but his age can’t be ignored. I’d bet on the buyout.

    2. KPOcala
      February 23rd, 2018 | 10:47 pm

      Unless he sustains a serious injury, or just “tanks”, I say that he’s a “keeper”.

      Steve/All, Gardner better than Roy White?

    3. Greg H.
      February 24th, 2018 | 1:51 pm

      Buyout. Too much high-end young talent to try out, even if some is traded this year.

    4. February 24th, 2018 | 4:40 pm

      Roy White was 20% better than Gardner.

    5. Evan3457
      February 25th, 2018 | 4:27 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Roy White was 20% better than Gardner.

      Sort of. White’s career was significantly longer than Gardner’s so far. Significantly more PA’s. White was a better hitter. Gardner has shown excellent defensive value for longer, and is, even at this stage of his career, a faster baserunner.

      Neither one is renowned for their throwing arms.

    6. KPOcala
      March 1st, 2018 | 1:25 pm

      @ Evan3457:I always forget how really good, and underrated White was. Much better player than Gardner (one of my all-time favs), although what I always remember was his arm, which made Gardner’s look like Ellis Valentine by comparison. His arm used to drive me crazy….

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