My, my, Brett Gardner has been a popular name this offseason, hasn’t he?
Well this time, the Yankees are going to set the record straight on all the Brett Gardner trade rumors with Randy Levine repeating what Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and the Steinbrenners have been saying for the past two weeks: he’s not getting traded.
“We think he’s going to be on the roster,” Levine said on the Ian O’Connor Show this morning. “One of the reasons the baseball people signed Jacoby Ellsbury is the two of them together present a tremendous dynamic one-two or nine-one, whatever Joe Girardi decides to write in at the top of the lineup. One will play left, one will play center, and it’s a tremendous defensive situation. So, no, there’s absolutely no intention to move Brett Gardner.”
Gardner’s name has been linked in trade rumors involving the Tigers, the Indians, the Giants and the Reds. The Reds actually called the Yankees with a trade proposal involving Gardner but Brian Cashman declined the trade.
Gardner hit .274/.344/.416 in 609 plate appearances during the 2013 campaign and he’s eligible for free agency following the 2014 season.
We’ll worry about whether the Yankees will re-sign Gardner when next offseason comes but for now…he stays on the team. Hopefully all of the trade rumors will stop now.