Report: Brett Gardner Agrees To One-Year, $12.5M Deal With Yankees

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By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Brett Gardner has no intentions of leaving the Yankees. 

The veteran outfielder reportedly agreed to a one-year deal to remain with New York. Gardner's deal is expected to be worth roughly $12.5 million with an option for the 2021 season - worth $10 million, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch

As Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reeled in Gerrit Cole on his record nine-year, $324 million contract, Cashman's focus shifted towards his unrestricted free agents. WFAN's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday that the Yankees were "hopeful" to soon get a deal done with Gardner. 

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He cashed in on his twelfth season in pinstripes. Last season, the 36-year-old recorded a career high in RBIs (74) and home runs (28) while he slashed .251 at the plate. Gardner's current deal will be an increase from the $7.5 million he earned last season. 

Gardner became a favorite among Yankees fans over his time in the Bronx. Heyman initially reported it was Gardner's preference to return to the Yankees for another season rather than explore opportunities elsewhere — especially as outfielder Aaron Hicks recovers from Tommy John surgery. 

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Cashman did his due diligence to keep the majority of the Yankees roster intact — despite the departure of Didi Gregorius to the Phillies. New York seemingly solidified its everyday lineup, while drastically improving its starting pitching rotation. With Gardner under contract for another season, the Yankees are ready for the season to commence.