Sep 1, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Yankees say they're not shopping Brett Gardner

With Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran now wearing pinstripes, one would assume the New York Yankees are looking to trade Brett Gardner. But according to general manager Brian Cashman, they’d assume wrong as the Yankees aren’t ‘shopping’ the outfielder:

Cashman also says Yankees are not shopping Brett Gardner, but they’re receiving many calls. Did not sign Ellsbury to trade Gardner.

Of course, the key word there is ‘shopping’. Is Cashman actively attempting to call teams hoping to move Gardner? Maybe not – but is he accepting phone calls with trade offers for Gardner? You’d have to assume so, considering the Yankees still need parts (like starting pitching) and few pieces are more attractive than Gardner, who would likely net them a solid return.

Granted, the Yankees would assuredly attempt to trade some of their other outfielders first, like Ichiro Suzuki or Vernon Wells, but there simply isn’t a market for them in comparison to Gardner.

Gardner is currently slated to find himself in the starting lineup – likely in left field while Alfonso Soriano plays the role of designated hitter.

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