Rumor: Yankees will target speedy outfielder if Gardner not back in July

The Yankees are still holding out hope that outfielder Brett Gardner is back sometime soon, but if it looks like the injured outfielder isn’t going to return, they will target a speedy replacement for him, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Gardner hasn’t played since April 17 and has already suffered two setbacks during rehab. He is expected to resume taking dry swings sometime next week, but isn’t expected to get into a rehab game for another two weeks at the earliest.

This is not the first time we’ve heard they would like a speedy replacement. About two weeks ago Heyman Tweeted that the Yankees wouldn’t be interested in Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is available, because they wanted somebody with a similar skill set as Gardner to replace him. The Yankees have sorely missed Gardner’s defense and speed on the base paths since he’s been out as there is nobody else quite like him on the team.

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5 Responses to Rumor: Yankees will target speedy outfielder if Gardner not back in July

  1. Rockaway Mike says:

    Denard Span

    • Probably not much of a chance there. He's too good, young, and on a team friendly contract. The Yankees probably wouldn't want to part with the type of package it would take to land him. Besides, that would leave their 2013 outfield as Granderson, Gardner, and Span. Even with Grandy's 40 homers that's a very weak hitting outfield.

      • Mike Sommer says:

        I wouldn't mind Pierre if the Phils drop out, but only from the trade deadline to the end of the year, no 2013 or so.

  2. sportsfan says:

    And what would u do with Pierre make him the bat boy that being the case you would've signed Johnny

    • Mike Sommer says:

      What are you, nuts? If Gardner can't come back, you put Pierre in LF and bat him 9th. He would provide the speed, SB & defense running down fly balls that you wanted from Gardner. Do you look at the stats at all? Damon: .207-4-17, 2 for 2 in SB. Pierre .318-1-16, 19 for 22 in SB.

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