Yankees: Five moves they should attempt to make during the Winter Meetings

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 17: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees reacts after he hit a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Re-sign Brett Gardner

It seems like the Yankees are solely focused on Gerrit Cole right now but once he makes his free-agent decision more moves will follow from New York. One of those moves will likely be re-signing Brett Gardner to return for a 13th straight season in pinstripes. A reunion between Gardy and the Yanks makes all the sense in the world especially with Aaron Hicks now expected to miss a large chunk of next season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Not only do they need someone to fill in for Hicks in center field but they also need a power lefty bat and Gardner was their best a season ago. Mike Tauchman will also be back which helps but he’s only played in one big-league season and might be better off serving as the fourth outfielder to start the season and split some of the reps in left field with Giancarlo Stanton.

Last offseason the Yanks brought Gardy back on a one-year deal worth 7.5M but after he posted a career-high 28 HR and 74 RBI in 2019 he should be in line for a nice pay raise this offseason. A one-year deal worth $10M is a fair offer for Gardner and maybe the Yanks add on a second-year with a club option. Either way, I’d be shocked if the 36-year-old isn’t back in the Bronx next season to help this group chase another championship.