It’s no secret the Yankees like Brett Gardner.
It’s also no secret teams are interested in the Yankees outfielder. And while teams are knocking on the door and showing interest, Yankees GM Brian Cashman isn’t comfortable trading the All-Star outfielder.
I’m not one to question Cashman’s motives, especially when it has to deal with keeping Gardner…but why doesn’t he want to trade him?
“He’s here not because I can’t move him; he’s here because I’m not comfortable moving him, or haven’t been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him,” Cashman said while being interviewed at the Winter Meetings. “You’re going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I’ve said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it.
“He’s a hard player to move because he’s on an exceptional contract, he’s extremely consistent, he’s as tough as they come and he’s a great clubhouse guy. I’ve been asked about him for a number of years now in the wintertime and in the summertime.”
So Cashman isn’t completely against trading Gardner. However, it’s hard to trade the left fielder when Cashman isn’t sure of what he’s going to get from the kids. Also, Gardner is a leader presence in the clubhouse, which the team deems important during an important transition era.