Yankees finalize offers for Brett Gardner, Justin Wilson


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have finalized a $5.15 million, one-year contract for the outfielder to return for a 14th season.

New York additionally finalized its one-year take care of left-hander Justin Wilson on Tuesday.

To clear roster spots, right-hander Luis Severino was placed on the 60-day injured record as he recovers from Tommy John surgical procedure final Feb. 27, and outfielder Greg Allen was designated for project.

Gardner will get a $1 million signing bonus and a $1.85 million wage this 12 months. His settlement features a $2.3 million participant choice for 2022. If Gardner declines the choice, the Yankees would have a $7.15 million choice for 2022 with a $1.15 million buyout.

The 37-year outfielder is the final participant remaining from the Yankees’ final World Sequence title in 2009.

He had a one-year contract for 2020 with a $2 million signing bonus and a $10 million wage that turned $2,962,963 in prorated pay. Gardner turned a free agent after the Yankees declined a $10 million choice, triggering a $2.5 million buyout.

Gardner hit .223 with 5 homers and 15 RBIs in 130 at-bats final 12 months, rebounding after a hunch that sunk his common at .169 at first of September. He batted .369 (7 for 19) within the playoffs.

Supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned Saturday that for now Clint Frazier was projected over Gardner in an outfield that has Aaron Hicks in heart and Aaron Choose in proper.

“I anticipate Clint to be our left fielder and to be in that beginning lineup,” Boone mentioned. “A man like Gardy is a man who would play lots, definitely, as lots of our guys that can quote unquote be bench gamers or no matter, however Clint goes to be an everyday participant for us going into the season.”

Over the total 2019 season, Gardner reached career-best totals of 28 homers and 74 RBIs to go together with a .251 common. He’s a fan favourite for his fiery demeanor and longevity.

Gardner and the switch-hitting Hicks usually had been the one left-handed bats within the Yankees’ beginning lineup final 12 months.

“One of many issues I take a look at is his toughness, the flexibility to publish, the flexibility to play via issues, the premium he places on being able to go each day,” Boone mentioned. “There’s a blue collar-ness to the way in which he goes about his enterprise I feel that’s infectious. He’s obtained a little bit little bit of a chip on his shoulder that he performs with.

“And I feel he’s obtained a younger man’s physique. He’s in nice form. He has aged very effectively. And I feel you’ve seen him actually I feel adapt and apply data to proceed to make himself in lots of methods a greater participant however definitely nonetheless a really related participant,” he mentioned.

Wilson’s deal additionally contains participant and membership choices. He joins a bullpen headed by nearer Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton, each left-handers. Arduous-throwing right-hander Chad Inexperienced is joined by side-arming right-hander Darren O’Day, who was signed after the Yankees dealt Adam Ottovino to Boston in a cost-cutting transfer.

The 33-year-old Wilson was 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 74 appearances for the Yankees in 2015, then moved on to Detroit and the Chicago Cubs earlier than spending 2019 and 2020 with the Mets. He was 2-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 19 2/3 innings over 23 appearances final season. He struck out 23 and walked 9.

Wilson averaged 95 mph together with his fastball, throwing it barely extra usually than on half his pitches. He additionally throws cutters, mixing in an occasional slider and curveball.

Wilson is a nine-year main league veteran who spent his first three seasons with Pittsburgh.


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