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Yankees remain optimistic about reunion with free agent Brett Gardner

As the Yankees focus their efforts on landing free agents Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg, they remain optimistic about a reunion with outfielder Brett Gardnerreports SNY’s Andy Martino.

Martino notes that the Gardner situation could potentially resolve when the Yankees’ payroll situation is clearer.

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In November, Yankees GM Brian Cashman was open about the team’s desire to have Gardner back, and wouldn’t say whether he felt it would take more than a one-year deal to get it done.

“I wouldn’t compromise our efforts to re-signing a player,” Cashman said when asked about the potential length of contract Gardner could receive. “He just clearly put himself in a great position this free agent winter because of the year he’s had. We’ve known how good Gardy has been and is for a long time. … We’d love to have that continue.”