Yankees Offseason Notes: Gardner returns to OF for 2013 season

The Yankees didn’t add anyone new today but they did lock up someone for the 2013 season–their prized outfielder. The New York Yankees and Brett Gardner both agreed to a one year contract, avoiding arbitration. According to sources, Gardner is expected to make $2.8 Million in 2013 since he was sidelined for most of the 2012 season with an elbow injury. Now that Gardner has been officially signed to the club for the ’13 season, the speculation can begin on whether or not the Yankees plan to move Gardner to CF and Granderson to LF (should Granderson be with the team for the ’13 season). I personally believe that the Yankees should move Gardner to CF since you would want your best defensive outfielder in center, but that’s up to the Yankees to decide.

In Other News:

– The Yankees have conducted a background check on FA Josh Hamilton, which speculates that the Yankees have interest in the outfielder. However, the Yankees have to understand that signing Hamilton could be risky with his injury history. Signing Hamilton could also be quite expensive unless the Yankees plan on trading Granderson to free up some cash. It’s honestly been a dream of mine to see Hamilton in pinstripes. Heck, it was a dream of mine to see Cliff Lee in pinstripes when Lee was a free agent. But that’s all what those scenarios are–dreams.

– The Yankees haven’t heard back from Kevin Youkilis as of yet since placing a one year, $12 Million contract offer on the table. Youkilis was at a charity event last night in Boston so Youkilis’s decision might not be for another couple of days. Even if Youkilis signed with the Yankees–there will always be a bit of Boston in his blood. He’s married to the sister of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady. Thought I’d share that piece of information.

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Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on December 7, 2012, in Hot Stove, Signing & Trade Speculation and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Delia good news for Brett, he will be the CF for 2013, I can’t see any other reason for it not to happen, can you?
    Youkilis as a Yankee is strange thought but, do you really think he would accept the roll as a back-up if A-Rod comes back healthy?

    • Old Yank – I think there will be plenty of ABs for Youk and ARod since the Yanks also have the DH spot and Youk can also play 1B which is important since Swicher and Chavez are both gone. It’s actually an ideal situation for both ARod and Youkilis. Both are at the stages in their careers where they should be part-time DHs and this is perfect as they can split DH & 3B.

      I really think Youkilis is a key addition and it will hurt if he chooses Cleveland. yanks seriously need the RH bat in the lineup and of course the insurance in case ARod’s injury keeps him out longer or bothers him all season.

      They are essentially all-in on Youkilis since other options are being signed everyday. One guy i liked – ian Stewart – just signed with the Cubs. Mark Reynolds is available but IMO he can’t be considered a 3B option as his defense is awful. If they whiff on Youkilis I’d probably stick with David Adams and Nix unless Cashman can pull off a trade. he’ll then need to sign a strong RH bat for the OF (Ross, Hairston?) but that will dig into next year’s budget as they both will get multiple years. Youkilis is really a perfect fir for 1 year.

      • Fishjam…
        You are right but, we have A-Rod, Jeter, Tex, graderson, itchy and Youk players for DH, sounds bad, right? Not so, as you pointed out Youk can play 1st, 3rd and DH, thus it makes more sense than some others besides, Youk is a better player than the other players out there.

        Good thing I thought of that , or you wouldn’t have said it because I wouldn’t have told you to be able to tell us guys……….Now that is one long bunch of BS. lol :)

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