Brian Cashman is well aware of the many teams that have called him about his outfielder Brett Gardner, although Cashman admits that he’s not looking to shop Gardner around.
“I’m not looking to move him.” Cashman told LoHud. “But when asked, have people called, absolutely they’ve called.”
It’s possible that Gardner could be a trade chip for the Yankees since he is the only one with the most trade value, although I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees keep him to be the everyday left fielder. It also would be smart to keep Gardner in the chance (it’s a pretty good chance) that Jacoby Ellsbury becomes injured at some point during the season.
Although the Yankees aren’t actively shopping Gardner, the Yankees are shopping Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro is a fourth outfielder at best, but he makes decent money in 2014 and there would bound to be a team to get him.
With the overcrowding of outfielders, it would make more sense to shop Ichiro or possibly release Vernon Wells to make room for the other outfielders on the team. Although Gardner is the most valuable, he’s still a proven asset to the Yankees and could help in multiple ways in the final year of his contract.