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YANKEES RE-SIGN OUTFIELDER BRETT GARDNER

Courtesy of New York Yankees

The New York Yankees announced today that they have re-signed OF Brett Gardner to a one-year contract for the 2021 season with a player option for 2022. If the player option is declined, there is a club option for 2022.

 

Gardner, 37, hit .223 (29-for-130) with 20R, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 5HR, 15RBI and 26BB in 49 games with the Yankees in 2020. With his 2020 season debut, he became the 18th Yankee to play in at least 1,500 games for the franchise. He also became the 17th player in Yankees history to appear in a game for the club in three different decades (credit: Elias). In six postseason games, he hit .368 (7-for-19) with 6R, 1 double, 1HR, 3RBI and 4BB.

 

In 1,548 career games over 13 Major League seasons (2008-20), Gardner owns a .259 (1,384-for-5,350) batting average with 896R, 235 doubles, 69 triples, 129HR, 539RBI, 639BB and a .343 on-base percentage. Among all outfielders in franchise history, his 37.5 WAR ranks ninth (FanGraphs).

 

An AL All-Star in 2015 and Gold Glove Award winner in 2016, Gardner joins Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson and Jorge Posada, as one of only five players drafted and signed by the Yankees to collect at least 1,000 hits with the club, and one of only seven to hit 100 home runs in pinstripes. Gardner’s 270 career stolen bases rank third on the Yankees’ all-time list, trailing only Derek Jeter (358) and Rickey Henderson (326).

 

A native of Holly Hill, S.C., and an alum of the College of Charleston, Gardner is the longest-tenured current Yankees player, having been drafted by the club in the third round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft prior to making his Major League debut in 2008. He is one of only seven players to appear for the same team in each of the last 13 seasons (2008-20), joining Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Alex Gordon (Kansas City), Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles-NL), Yadier Molina (St. Louis) and Joey Votto (Cincinnati). He would be the 17thYankee to play for the club in at least 14 seasons and the 15th to do so in 14 consecutive seasons.

 

In both 2016 and 2017, Gardner was the Yankees’ nominee for Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award.

 

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Luis Severino was placed on the 60-day injured list.

 

 

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Lauren Moran

Assistant Director, Baseball Information

New York Yankees

Bronx, New York 10451

@yankeespr / @yankees

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