Five Burning Questions for the New York Yankees this Offseason

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2.) Who bites on Brett Gardner?

It seems all but a foregone conclusion that the Yankees will move All-Star outfielder Brett Gardner before Opening Day. Gardner is owed less than $13 million per year in annual salary over the next three years, with an option for 2019 that can be bought out for only $2 million. In the right setting, Gardner is a 20-20 candidate. After batting close to .300 for the entire first half of the season, Gardner hit a wall, like many of his teammates, and batted only .206 after the break. Having witnessed Gardner’s undoing in the second half of the year, the Yankees may feel the time to sell high on Gardner is now. The Yankees asked Gardner to do too much in the second half, and he could not handle the pressure to really help carry a lineup. The 32-year-old should be viewed as a complimentary player at best.

The Chicago Cubs make sense as a trade partner for the Yankees, and a Starlin Castro for Gardner swap could be mutually beneficial. Both players are owed about the same amount of money, with Castro having one extra year on his contract. The Yankees need a second baseman, and the Cubs need a center fielder. Gardner is capable of playing center, and will be much cheaper over the life of his contract than Dexter Fowler will be once he signs his free-agent contract. The Seattle Mariners have also been aggressive in the trade market so far this offseason, and could use a speedy outfielder to top their lineup.

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  1. mick

    The Yankees have a pretty good outfielder sitting on the bench. It’s time to give Slade Heathcott a look, a full season, and trade Brett Gardner, plus others, for a rotation ace.

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  2. Michael Bradbury

    Nicely written (for an outsider) but you don’t know the in’s and out’s of this team. Evoldi was phenomenal before he got hurt. Better and better as the season went on and our ace at the time he went down. Hurt us a lot. He’s going to be very good.
    As is Severino. ;) Pineda is up and down but a good year for his first full season after major arm surgery. He could easily be an ace. As could Severino (probably) as could Evoldi. As could Tanaka. Fact is, next year this group could put it together and be one of the top rotations in baseball.
    You’re skeptical the Yanks will sit on their hands but you haven’t been paying close attention, including last season when we were in 1st place but with obvious needs that ended up killing us.
    And they didn’t trade for expensive aging stars……………………………….. ;)

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  3. Les Schraeder

    I am just glad that you are a writer and not the Yankee G.M. Why push the panic button at this point in time? You call them penny pinchers and I say that they are merely using fiscal responsibility in restructuring their team. They should trade Gardner although they are not likely to get much for him at this point. After the contracts of Beltran and Teixeira expire at the end of next year they will have a few more options to address their weaknesses. The next year both C.C. and A-Rod drop off and that is when the team will flex their financial might. Until then lets just support what new direction that the team is headed.

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