Versatile outfielder’s deal set to begin in 2015, includes club option for fifth year
General manager Brian Cashman said throughout the offseason that he had no interest in moving Gardner, who would have been a free agent after the 2015 season. In trying to reassure the speedy outfielder, Cashman brought up the idea of a contract extension at the Winter Meetings with Joe Bick, Gardner’s agent, and the two sides began discussing a deal that would keep Gardner in pinstripes for the foreseeable future.
Now, the Yankees and Gardner are on the verge of completing a four-year, $52 million extension that begins in 2015 and includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million. The deal includes a $2 million buyout for the ’15 option, and Gardner would receive a $1 million assignment bonus if he’s dealt.
Are you surprised at this deal inked now than later, say mid-season? I actually am but I am glad it is signed sooner than later because I’ve always liked Gardner’s contribution to Yankees, both on the field and off the field. 🙂 Besides, the deal is honestly well done by Brian Cashman. There is no non-trade clause and the average annual payment is right in line with the market value~ You know NOT overpay is a win for Yankees. =.=a If you are wondering why Yankees haven’t talked about an extension with David Robertson, well, for one, he is not a proven closer, at least not yet. Anther reason is that Robertson is going to be a free agent after this season. If I were him/his agent, I wouldn’t agree with an extension now, knowing that there will likely be a big pay day waiting for me in 10 months or so~ 😀