This entire offseason–as well as every other offseason since he made an impression on the Yankees–Brett Gardner has been in the middle of trade speculation. Teams make their trade proposals and the Yankees decide whether they’re going to cash in on them.
This offseason, trading Gardner actually seemed like a possibility. But the Yankees have ultimately decided to remove the left fielder from the trade market and Gardner will begin his ninth season in the Majors with the Yankees.
Cashman added that the Yankees had recieved offers for the left fielder, but he declined every single proposal. The fact the Yankees declined every proposal indicates just how much the Yankees value Gardner. Cashman also believes the teams that asked about Gardner won’t alter their proposals to acquire the left fielder.
“I think the teams that had the interest took their best shot.” Cashman said to reporters on Tuesday.
Unless the Yankees were blown away, there was no logical reason to part with Gardner. The outfield depth hasn’t proven themselves at the Major League level, Clint Frazier is at least a year away from making an impact in the Major Leagues, and if the Yankees traded Gardner, their lone option would have been Aaron Hicks, who is clearly a downgrade.
Now that it’s set and stone Gardner will remain a Yankee, Cashman revealed he was planning on splitting him and Jacoby Ellsbury in the batting order. However, numbers indicate that Ellsbury would be the one batting lower in the order while Gardner keeps the coveted lead-off spot.