Yanks Go Yard exclusive Interview with Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch
Yanks Go Yard Interview with Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch
YGY: Do you envision Brett Gardner returning in 2021?
I think he does, as long as he’s willing to take a one-year deal and a pay cut. I wouldn’t count on him as the starting left fielder, as I think that Clint Frazier has done enough to earn a fair crack at that job, but having a capable defender who happens to hit from the left side isn’t a bad thing to have on the bench – especially since Mike Tauchman seemed to regress this past year and hardly played down the stretch.
Gardner talked late in the season about how he didn’t want his last games as a Yankee to be played in an empty ballpark. I bet the Steinbrenner family gives him a chance to fix that.
YGY: Did Deivi Garcia do enough to earn his spot in the rotation next season?
Hoch: Unless they do something wild like signing both Trevor Bauer and re-signing Masahiro Tanaka, I’d go into the new year counting on García in the starting five. He showed me maturity and poise far beyond his 21 years, and we’ll always wonder how Game 2 of the ALDS would have played out if they’d just let him have a traditional start against Tampa Bay.
If the season started today, I’d probably set the rotation as Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, García, Domingo Germán and Michael King. They’ll need to add at least one solid starter to that mix.
We at Yanks Go Yard would like to thank Bryan for taking the time to sit down and answer a few questions. You can follow him on Twitter @BryanHoch and read all of his stuff on Yankees.com.