Yankees avoid arbitration with Brett Gardner

New York Yankees Brett Gardner

The Yankees announced earlier today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $2.85 million with outfielder Brett Gardner and have avoided heading to arbitration.

Gardner earned $2.8 million last season and because he only played in 16 games last year due to injury MLBTradeRumors projected him to make the same next year. So he gets a very small raise.

There are rumors that the Yankees will move the 29-year-old to center field next season as Curtis Granderson‘s defense has slipped to an unacceptable level and Gardner is one of the premiere defensive players in the game. He has a career line of .266/.355/.368.

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