It has long been reported that Brett Gardner would be returning to the Yankees for his 13th season, and now it’s official.
SNY’s Andy Martino confirmed that Gardner has signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2021 to stay in the Bronx. The deal is worth $12.5 million for this season, with the option set at $10 million.
The Yankees had their efforts focused on landing Gerrit Cole, which is why Gardner was left on the backburner until now. But, as Martino had been reporting, both sides were optimistic a deal would get done.
Back in November, Yankees GM Brian Cashman noted Gardner being someone he wants back, but wouldn’t mention if it would be another one-year deal.
Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees are in agreement on a one-year, $12.5 million deal that includes a club option for $10 million, a source tells ESPN. First with the news was @GeorgeAKingIII.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 12, 2019