The team for the 2017 season is all set…unless the Yankees do one thing over the last two months.
The Yankees have Matt Holliday as their DH / first baseman and Aroldis Chapman as their closer, and if the team doesn’t deal Brett Gardner over the course of the offseason, they’ll figure out the holes they need to fill in February.
While Yankees general manager Brian Cashman opened up the possibility, trading Gardner will not be easy. Cashman said a few days ago that he wasn’t comfortable moving the Yankees outfielder, either because they were going to lose that consistency in left field or an opposing team didn’t make a tempting offer.
The Yankees tried to move Gardner last offseason for a starter and struckout. However, not trading Gardner worked out in the Yankees favor as he was consistent at the top of the order and won a Gold Glove. As of right now, it’s more likely than not Gardner is in pinstripes once February 14 rolls around. I can’t be as sure about the July 31st trade deadline.
Despite the Yankees merely listening on offers regarding Gardner, the team has pulled Chase Headley from the trade market. It doesn’t mean the team isn’t going to try to trade Headley down the road, but for now Headley will be the Yankees third baseman in April.