Gardner And Yankees Formalize Agreement For 12.5 Million

Gardener Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees signed a one-year, $ 12.5 million contract on Saturday.

The Yankees agreed to the firm on December 13, during the winter meetings, and the 36-year-old baseball player passed a medical exam on Tuesday.

With this agreement, added to the nine-year and $ 324 million that New York signed last month with pitcher Gerrit Cole, the Yankees payroll would be placed at about 248 million. At that level the highest rate referred to as "luxury tax" begins to apply.


Gardner earned two million dollars for signing the contract, and will earn an salary of eight million over the next season. The Yankees have a renewal alternative for 2021, with a termination clause of 2.5 million.

New York opened a space for Gardner on the payroll by placing transferable left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Gardner earned $ 7.5 million the previous season, plus two million for the termination clause, after New York rejected the renewal alternative for 2019, for $ 12.5 million, contemplated by the previous agreement.

In a lineup dominated by right-handed hitters, left-handed Gardner had an average of .251 and reached the best figures in his career, with 28 home runs and 74 RBIs.

Gardner is the oldest member of the Yankees. He has spent his 12 major league campaigns in the Bronx.

Accumulate an average of .260, 124 flips and 524 pushed.

He is expected to spend time in the center garden during the first half of the season, while Aaron Hicks recovers from Tommy John's surgery. Then, he would move to the left forest.