It wasn’t that the Yankees didn’t want Gardner on the roster, but, they had their outfield situation ironed out and they were still in need of other assets, like starting pitching.
They had no trade chip better than Gardner, so a move seemed inevitable.
But the Yankees never traded the speedy outfielder and now are on the verge of signing him to a four year, $52 million dollar extension.
Gardner on verge of signing 4-year, $52 million deal w/ Yankees. Includes 5th year club option for $12.5M or $2M buyout. Deal starts in 2015
It’s a pretty hefty deal, but one that does seem to be in line with current market value.
Carlos Beltran shouldn’t be in the outfielder much longer (assuming he lasts through the season) and will eventually move into a designated hitter role, so keeping Gardner on the roster seems like a smooth move given the pitching additions made by the Yankees this offseason.