New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Yankees have signed speedy outfielder Brett Gardner to a four-year, $52 million extension, which includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million or a $2 million buyout.
Under the deal that will begin in 2015, Gardner doesn’t have a no-trade clause but he will receive a $1 million assignment bonus if he’s dealt.
“I like what he brings — the speed dynamic, the defense and I think the offense is there as well,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
“Although he’s going to be playing left field most of the time for us, I think he’s one of the better leadoff/center fielders that this game can provide,” Cashman added.
The 30-year-old Gardner has proven to be a versatile outfielder for the Yankees over a six-year career. He appeared in 145 games last season, batting. 273 with 10 triples and 81 runs scored.
“I let it be known to them that I wanted to stay here and be a part of this. I learned from guys that come from other places there’s no better place to play, and I look forward to staying here and helping the team win,” Gardner said.
“It takes a lot of pressure off me, going out and having to perform in a walk year. Free agency’s something that kind of intrigued me, but it also kind of scared me. I’ve never been anywhere else,” he added.
He has twice stolen at least 47 bases in a season (2010 and 2011), three times scored at least 81 runs (2010, 2011 and 2013) and has split time in his career between left and center field.