Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a 4 year, $52 million dollar contract extention today, as first reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network. The deal includes an option for a 5th year at $12.5M or a $2M buyout. The contract doesn’t begin until 2015, so Gardner will still make $5.6M this season.
Gardner has played his entire career with the Yankees. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft after a successful career with the College of Charleston that began with him walking onto the team. He debuted in the Bronx in 2008, and opened 2009 as the Yankees everyday center fielder.
Gardner has always excelled purely because of his hustle and drive. His desire to succeed is seen on the base paths and in the outfield, where he has turned into one of the best in the game. He harkens back to a time when Yankees were known for being gritty and playing above their potential. This contract secures that both Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury will be in the Yankees outfield until at least 2018. In a time where the Yankees are bringing in so much outside talent, it’s great to see Gardner will be in town for at least the next five seasons.