Brett Gardner could be making a return to the Yankees for his 13th season in the Bronx.
Nothing has materialized yet, but WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman previously reported that the team wanted to bring back the long-time outfielder for another year. According to SNY’s Andy Martino, the team is still “optimistic” about Gardner, even though a deal hasn’t been agreed.
Martino adds that the Yankees are waiting on Gardner as they are currently focused on the “big fish” free agents: Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.
Cole or Strasburg would be significant additions to the Yankees' pitching staff. Last year's team fell short partially because their starting pitchers couldn't match up with those of the Astros when they really needed to in the ALCS.
According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the team met with both Cole and Strasburg on Wednesday. Andy Pettitte was at both meetings working with Yankees executives to convince the aces to join.
It’s unclear whether the Yankees will have enough to get one of Cole or Strasburg to come to New York, but they should have enough to bring back Gardner when the time comes.