The New York Yankees signed outfielder Brett Gardner just this past week, but not before picking up a new addition in former Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury. To say this took Gardner by surprise is an understatement.
“I was surprised at first. I didn’t really see that coming,” Gardner said Tuesday. “He’s a great player. You put him on our team or any other team across baseball and he makes them better. I look forward to playing beside him and learning from him and got a feeling he knows a thing or two about some pitchers — especially in our division — and pushing each other and getting the best out of each other.”
Now that the Yankees have signed both Ellsbury and Gardner, their outfielder situation got very hazy, as people expected would happen. This leaves Gardner’s status unknown at this time. But he knows that it’s something that will be up to the organization, and not him.
“It’s not really anything I control. Go in, play hard, and I’ve played left field before and I’ve played center field, and I’m sure if they needed me to I could slide over and play right field, too,” Gardner said before being honored at the 34th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner in Manhattan. “Whatever it takes to help the team win and I’m sure they’re going to put our best team on the field.”
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