Reports: Yankees, Brett Gardner discussing new contract
The Yankees and Brett Gardner are already discussing a potential reunion as the MLB offseason gets underway, according to reports.
Gardner, the franchise's longest-tenured player, enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2019.
The veteran batted .251/.325/.503 with a career-high 28 home runs and 74 RBI. Gardner also filled in admirably for the injured Aaron Hicks in center field, giving the Yankees a huge boost amid the outfield depth crunch in 2019.
Signing Gardner would give the Bombers depth in the outfield with Hicks scheduled to be out until the summer after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 36-year-old's speed, versatility and fine glovework have long made him a valuable player, with Gardner capable of playing in center field as well as excelling in left field for a number of years.
A long-time fan favorite, Gardner has been with the Yankees for over a decade since debuting in pinstripes back in 2008. The Yankees drafted Gardner in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft, and the outfielder looks likely to remain with the only organization he's ever known.