BREAKING NEWS: Brett Gardner, Yankees Reach Extention

John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Breaking News, Brett Gardner, Contract Extention, Yankees

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  • disqus_3Tb24JgYzH

    wow! that much for that guy? OVERPAID.. what where the yankees thinking? he is their best trade chip that is already in the big leagues but now with that contract i doubt he is movable during the duration of his contract unless the yankees paid majority of it…

    • artie999

      I couldn’t agree with you more. We still need a closer, 3rd baseman and probably a 2nd baseman. This was our only quality trade item to hopefully get one of the above. And above all, you can’t compete inthe AL BEAST with 2/3 of your OF hitting less than 10 HRs each. Just further evidence that Georg’s kids either don’t have the money or they’re now cheap. Didn’t they just sell their portion of YES? Well, it was a wonderful long run with George, wasn’t it?

      • New_Core

        You guys kill me, learn something about baseball before you write another stupid comment.

        • artie999

          Hey this is supposed to be FUN. Take it easy. It’s not like I dissed your mom. :-) With what specifically do you disagree and why? Remember this is supposed to be fun. I’m just as much a Yankee fan as you are. Peace.

    • New_Core

      Learn something about baseball before you write another stupid comment.

  • William

    The Yankees are committed to a championship. To attain such a goal you have to make sure all your players are content. Outstanding class those Yankees. Not like bush League Tampa or some other po dunk team. Red Sox fans are getting more and more jealous as the Yankees return to being evil. The Empire over the Nation!