The New York Yankees have an overstocked outfield after signing both Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury this offseason. The crunch will likely lead to the Bronx Bombers making some sort of deal to clear the logjam, which has teams salivating at the thought of acquiring outfielder, Brett Gardner.
According to Peter Gammons, at least a ‘half-dozen’ teams have talked to the Yankees about trading for Gardner, including the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies:
Since the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, at least a half-dozen teams—from the Phillies to the Tigers—have taken a run at Brett Gardner, knowing he’s a free agent at the end of next season.
Gammons goes on to point out general manager Brian Cashman loves Gardner’s tools and will not move him unless he has to and will only do so for starting pitching.
It’s a solid stance to have and New York certainly shouldn’t sell short on Gardner, but if they can’t secure another high quality starting pitcher before free agency closes, it’s a move that might need to be made.