Should the Yankees consider signing Brett Gardner to an extension?

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It’s not a secret that the New York Yankees place a high value on Brett Gardner. They’ve had nothing but nice things to say about the center fielder over the seasons and have acknowledged time and time again that they wouldn’t trade Gardner for just anyone. But with Gardner a free agent next season, should the Yankees consider signing Gardner to an extension before the 2014 season ends?

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes they should. With Gardner entering the final year of arbitration, the Yankees would lose team control following the 2014 season. MLBTradeRumor predicts Gardner would make at least $4 Million in his final year of arbitration but Union officials believe Gardner would earn more than $4 Million. At a pivotal point in his career, the Yankees should attempt to lock Gardner up in a multi-year contract.

 The free agent market for outfielders next offseason will be weak and it seems Gardner would be one of the top free agents in the outfield market. With both Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki free agents in 2014, the Yankees would have to fill a hole in one of their outfield positions. Having Gardner locked up would mean the Yankees wouldn’t have to exert their time in finding an outfielder.

Now I know that the Yankees don’t normally do extensions in the middle of a current contract, but the Yankees were willing to attempt an extension with Robinson Cano last season. No reason the Yankees can’t attempt to do the same in this situation.

With the 2013 offseason dwindling down, the Yankees could do an abundance of things with Gardner; they could trade him (though it’s highly unlikely), they could let him go after this year or they could re-sign him. If I’m the Yankees–I’d choose the third option and I’d do it as quickly as possible. And if the Yankees actually do sign Gardner to an extension–I wouldn’t be surprised one bit.

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16 Responses to Should the Yankees consider signing Brett Gardner to an extension?

  1. TomHeck says:

    I makes sense if they were to do a 3 or 4 year extension.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    At the right price, anywhere from 3 to 5 years.

  3. Capt Bury says:

    I would love to see Brett Gardner traded to another planet. Don't like his attitude, ad he's uncanny at geting picked off or thrown out stealing in key situations. He's a bum. Use him to get a pitcher!

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      What attitude does Gardner have? If anything he's one of the classiest players on the team.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        Plus he was only the 2nd best player on the team last year. Just because he's not going to hit 30 HRs is no reason to overlook his defense, speed, and on-base ability.To call him a bum is simply to reveal the depth of one's ignorance.

        • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

          I would rather have a player with defense, speed and on-base ability, especially during the postseason. The pitchers are the best of the best and home runs aren't going to come as often, which renders the home-run hitting players almost useless.

  4. mikefoxtrot says:

    until the Yankees know whether or not they are going to be under $189M this season, they simply CAN'T afford to sign Gardner to an extension that would push up his AAV. if they're going to be over, then, yes they should extend Gardner… this is thebyer that he puts it all together and blossoms at the plate.

  5. DamnYankee11 says:

    Ya I canT really see why some IDIOTS would call him a bum… I mean when he went down with 2 weeks to go in the season, how many games did we win without him??? Not too many! Why the hell do you think they went out and got another catalyst for the top of the line up, probably so they don't run into this situation again! Ellsbury/Gardner combo is gonna be deadly in the lineup!!!The Yankees won just about every game in which he scored in the 1st inning… The Yankees are dumb not to lock up the best OF on the market for next year.

  6. Jack says:

    Gardner is overrated and would trade him in a New York minute for a pitcher!!!

  7. Michael R says:

    I am a fan of Gardner but I too would give him up for a reliable pitcher. A longer contract might (?) hurt those chances.

  8. @Jim_Catfish says:

    Yes, i believe we should sign Gardner now to a 8 to 10 year contract so that he will always be a Yankee. This is a no-brainer and an absolute must. He will just get better and better and he won't have to wonder all the time where he's going to be.

    • tanzo says:

      no way. Trade him for a starting pitcher even if you have to include one of the surplus catchers not named Sanchez. Next year would be a great time to bring in your best rookie and let him win the position. A September call up could see what we got then go from there. I think that Robertson needs locked up first!

  9. olie says:

    He is a decent player but I think he may be a bit over rated by some of you guys .Also he is 31 and isn't going to get much better! Trade him and get something for him.

  10. David S says:

    he is becoming nothing more then a fourth outfielder I would like to see him in a deal for someone that can fit a forth or fifth rotation spot There are a few good outfielders in the system that could replace Gardner

  11. DC Yank says:

    I say yes, if the terms are favorable for him and the Yanks. But the Yanks don't like to do that. It costs them sometimes. Gardiner and Elsbury will give pitchers fits, especially in the first inning when they're cold and not quite hitting the zone. Get a run or two in the first, and the whole tenor of the game changes. We haven't had that in a while.