In 2010, Brett Gardner will have some competition in recently acquired Marcus Thames and Randy Winn, as well as Rule 5 Draftee Jamie Hoffmann.
Currently in the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Gardner spoke with reporters from the Daily News and The Associated Press. Gardner told reporters he has focused this winter on squaring around on the ball and working on laying down bunts.
“That’s the good thing about hitting off a [pitching] machine,” Gardner said, according to the Daily News. “You can bunt 50 or 100 balls in 15 or 20 minutes. No time. I’ve been bunting a lot, working on that more and trying to bring that back into my game.
“Now it’s just a matter of being comfortable enough with it not to be scared to do it in a game and have confidence that I’m going to put it where I want it. Not only can it be a tool to get on base, but it keeps defenses honest and can bring the corners in and maybe I can shoot some balls by them.”
One debate brewing this off-season regarding Gardner has been the possibility of him playing center field and Curtis Granderson moving to left. As for Gardner, he’s alright wherever the Yankees want him. He just wants to play.