Now, on the surface, it’s an understandable stance as Gardner is one of the better outfielders on the roster. But the Yankees have a glutton of outfielder/designated hitter types sitting on their bench, of which most are difficult to trade or would bring back little value in a move.
That’s why the Bronx Bombers, according to the Boston Globe are willing to move Gardner in the ‘right offer’ comes their way, despite their denials such a trade would take place:
The Yankees are trying to reinvent the Ellsbury-Shane Victorino dynamic by having two center fielders playing their toughest outfield spots, which are left and center at Yankee Stadium. However, even with their declaration that Gardner won’t be traded, they would listen to the right deal.
The Yankees certainly don’t need to trade Gardner for the sake of doing so as he fills a need in the outfield, however with other holes (say like starting pitching) needing to be patched, moving him in the right deal makes sense.