Yankees: 3 outfielders NYY can still sign after Kyle Schwarber landed with Nats

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Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

1. Brett Gardner

The Yankees can, and likely will, just bring Brett Gardner back.

Try as we may have to forecast Gardner’s departure the past few months, the idea of his final game in pinstripes coming in front of no one but the ghosts is too depressing to bear.

At a certain point, it seemed possible both parties would split when Gardy’s option was declined, but as the Yankees currently sit in a LeMahieu-induced holding pattern, it would seem like their favorite veteran outfielder is down with the exact same strategy.

According to Bryan Hoch in his latest mailbag, a reunion with Gardner is still the most likely solution here:

"Gardner said late in the season that he did not want his final games as a Yankee to be played in an empty ballpark, and there is no sense that he is interested in concluding his career wearing a different uniform. Money shouldn’t be an overwhelming factor for Gardner and both sides seem interested, so I expect him to eventually sign a one-year deal."

As is usually the case, the most boring answer is likely the correct one, Yankees fans.

The Yanks will not sign Kyle Schwarber and aggressively try to fit him into a non-plan. They probably won’t sign Rosario, or Almora, or Jurickson Profar or Josh Reddick.

They’ll sit and wait for Gardner, who’s perfectly willing to be patient, while upgrading (in some capacity) on the mound and in the infield. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.