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San Francisco Giants’ Top Free-Agent, Trade Targets Post-New Year

Signing All-Star closer Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million deal was a necessary move for the San Francisco Giants, but it was one that has seemingly limited the team’s ability to improve the roster elsewhere.

“I don’t think there’s anything more to ask of ownership,” general manager Bobby Evans said, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s more what I can do with what we have.”

That’s understandable for a team with one of the game’s highest payrolls, but if the Giants are going to put an end to Los Angeles’ run of four consecutive National League West crowns, they’re going to have to plug holes in left field and at third base.

What follows is a look at five players, both free agents and trade acquisitions, that the Giants could reasonably target to fill those holes—assuming that ownership is willing to stretch the budget just a bit more than it already has.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Latest on Andrew McCutchen, Brian Dozier and Brett Gardner

Major League Baseball’s winter meetings have come and gone with plenty of players, both free agents and not, finding new homes during the four-day stretch.

But the offseason could have more twists and turns awaiting before pitchers and catchers report for spring training in February.

Here is the latest on three big names who have been rumored to be on the trade market recently.


Andrew McCutchen

One of the biggest names rumored to be available during the winter meetings, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, hasn’t moved yet.

It was rumored at the beginning of December that the Pirates were discussing a potential trade with the Washington Nationals, per Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

However, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported a deal could not be reached, which has left the Pirates searching elsewhere for a suitable offer.

According to Heyman, Pittsburgh received a “nice offer of prospects” from a “mystery team.” But the Pirates are looking for players who are ready to compete in the majors in 2017 and turned it down.

It’s a dangerous philosophy, considering McCutchen‘s sudden drop in production over the past few seasons.

The 2013 NL MVP batted .256 with a .336 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage last season, all of which were career worsts.

Having turned 30 years old in October, McCutchen may not bring back an impressive haul for Pittsburgh, as teams might believe his struggles will continue into 2017.

If the Pirates are patient and McCutchen puts together a solid first half in 2017, however, they could find it easier to deal him closer to the trade deadline.


Brian Dozier

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier developed into a solid hitter through his first four years in the majors, but 2016 saw the 29-year-old record one of the best seasons at his position in American League history.

His 42 home runs were the most by a second baseman in AL history, per Baseball-Reference.com, and he also posted career highs with 99 RBI and an .886 OPS.

While he won’t be a free agent until 2019, Dozier has become an attractive option for the Los Angeles Dodgers, per ESPN.com’s Doug Padilla.

This comes after Los Angeles re-signed closer Kenley Jansen to a five-year, $80 million deal and third baseman Justin Turner to a four-year, $64 million contract, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com—increasing the team’s payroll considerably. 

Dozier is owed $15 million over the next two seasons before he hits free agency, per Spotrac.

But the Dodgers could have problems at the position after dealing Howie Kendrick to the Philadelphia Phillies. Chase Utley is also a free agent, but even if he returns, it’s risky to assume he can produce as the team’s full-time starting second baseman.

Utley, who will turn 38 on Saturday, batted just .252 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 2016. 

Padilla noted the Dodgers would have to send a package centering around someone such as pitcher Jose De LeonLos Angeles’ No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com. However, Alex Tekip of ESPN.com added that the Dodgers would be “reluctant to part with” him, which could make acquiring Dozier all but impossible.


Brett Gardner

The New York Yankees look like they still want to add some pitching help despite getting Aroldis Chapman back during the winter meetings.

A swollen payroll that is near $210 million could be a problem though, considering that team owner Hal Steinbrenner wants to see that number decrease to $197 million by 2018, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Sherman added that the Yankees are interested in adding a free-agent reliever such as Boone Logan and Brad Ziegler to provide some support for Chapman and setup man Dellin Betances.

In an attempt to cut some of that salary, the Yankees have been floating veteran left fielder Brett Gardner’s name, per Sherman.

The 33-year-old is owed $23 million over the final two years of his contract, according to Spotrac, and his departure could provide some financial relief for New York to mount a serious bid for either Logan or Ziegler.

A speedy presence who has carved his niche at the top of the Yankees lineup for the past nine years, Gardner could be an effective table-setter for a team that has some big bats but little support for them. 


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Brett Gardner Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Yankees OF

It looks as though the New York Yankees‘ offseason spending could remain dormant for the rest of the winter; however, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner‘s name has emerged in trade talks. 

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Yankees Shopping Gardner

Tuesday, Dec. 13

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees have continued to “gauge interest” in Gardner in an attempt to cut salary. 

The 33-year-old is owed $23 million over the next two seasons, which are the final portions of his four-year, $52 million deal, per Spotrac

Gardner has spent each of his first nine MLB seasons with the Yankees, compiling a career .264 batting average and .346 on-base percentage as a bat near the top of the lineup. 

While his power numbers fluctuated from 17 home runs in 2015 to just seven in 2016, Gardner can still add speed on the basepaths and in a corner outfield spot. That could make him an attractive trade option to teams looking for a veteran spark.

Shedding his deal would be a step in the right direction for New York to get under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold for 2018, which is a goal of owner Hal Steinbrenner, according to Sherman. 

The Yankees were busy, though, around and during the winter meetings, signing veteran outfielder Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million deal and closer Aroldis Chapman to a five-year, $86 million contract. 

Per Sherman, that has the Yankees hovering near a $210 million payroll heading into 2017, which makes the prospects of adding another reliever like Boone Logan or Brad Ziegler to join Chapman and setup man Dellin Betances unlikely unless they can get a contract like Gardner’s off the books. 


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Brett Gardner Injury: Updates on Yankees OF’s Elbow and Return

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner suffered an elbow injury in Wednesday’s win against the Baltimore Orioles and missed Thursday’s game. However, he’s ready to return to the field.

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Gardner Active vs. Red Sox

Friday, May 6

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reported Gardner will play left field and bat second against the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Gardner Gives Yankees Valuable Spark at Top of Lineup

Gardner was inconsistent in 2015, posting a .259/.343/.399 slash line.

He was particularly inept after the All-Star break, hitting a paltry .206/.300/.292 in 69 games, yet he still played in 151 games total and helped lead the Yankees to a wild-card berth.

There were injury concerns for Gardner in spring training. He suffered an injury to his wrist late in 2015 that lingered to the point where he was limited to hitting off a tee and at soft tosses when the Yankees opened camp in February, per the Associated Press’ Mark Didtler.

Despite those issues, Gardner was able to start the season with the Yankees. He looked more like his usual self, hitting for average, getting on base and picking spots to steal bases.

The 32-year-old is a key piece of New York’s lineup, able to set the table for the middle-of-the-order hitters with his speed and on-base ability. He’s also added some thump to his bat, hitting a combined 33 homers over the last two seasons.

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How the Yankees Can Turn Brett Gardner into a Key Pitching Upgrade

The New York Yankees need starting pitching. That’s not breaking news, but it’s an undeniable truth.

They can get it by spending on the open market, which would be the classic Yankee Way. Or they could get creative on the trading block, which might be the Yankee Way 2.0.

If they go the trade route, here’s a name the Yanks and general manager Brian Cashman will at least consider dangling: Brett Gardner.

That’s not merely idle speculation. Gardner’s name began popping on the hot stove shortly after the Yankees acquired outfielder Aaron Hicks from the Minnesota Twins for catcher John Ryan Murphy on Nov. 11.

That same day, in fact, the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman reported that the Yankees had “discussed” Gardner with the Seattle Mariners.

“The Yankees,” Sherman wrote, “are particularly looking for high-end starting pitching that they control for seven years because all of their current starters, except Luis Severino and Adam Warren, can be free agents after either the 2016 or 2017 campaign.”

Whether Gardner by himself could fetch such an arm depends on your definition of “high-end.”

The 32-year-old is coming off an All-Star campaign that saw him post a .259/.343/.399 slash line with 16 home runs and 20 stolen bases. In 2010, Gardner put up an impressive 7.3 WAR, per Baseball-Reference.com, and in 2011, he led the American League with 49 steals.

He’s fallen off a bit from that peak. His defense, in particular, has eroded, with his ultimate zone rating (UZR) plummeting from 26.7 in 2011 to minus-2.7 last season, per FanGraphs. Still, he’s been good for at least 3.3 WAR in four of the last five seasons, and he remains a valuable asset for any team seeking a combination of speed, savvy and pop.

And he represents far more than a rental, as he’s inked through 2018 for a relatively affordable $37.5 million, with a team option of $12.5 million for 2019 with a $2 million buyout.

So what kind of pitcher might Gardner fetch in a one-for-one swap? Sherman mentioned 27-year-old Seattle left-hander James Paxton, who posted a 3.90 ERA in 13 starts in 2015 and isn’t arbitration-eligible until 2017.

Here’s another intriguing (and purely speculative) possibility. The San Francisco Giants have a need in left field after declining their club options on veterans Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd. And while San Francisco is itself in the market for pitching, the Giants might consider dangling 27-year-old sinkerballer Chris Heston for the right return.

Heston threw a no-hitter in June and was in the National League Rookie of the Year conversation before fading in the second half. Again, there’s no indication the Giants are actively shopping him, but as CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic opined, “the trade market may provide the best option” for San Francisco to plug its hole in left.

A pitcher in the Paxton or Heston mold would slot into the Yankees’ plans for next season and help shore up the back end of the rotation.

To land an ace-level stud, however, New York will have to part with more. 

MLB.com’s Richard Justice imagined a package of Gardner and closer Andrew Miller heading to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Stephen Strasburg. Whether the Nats would take that is an open question, but even if they would, Strasburg will be a free agent next winter. 

Instead, New York should look for pitchers with years of control remaining.

The Chicago White Sox’s Chris Sale fits the bill. He’s one of the game’s elite left-handers, and he’s locked into an exceedingly affordable contract through 2017, with team options of $12.5 and $13.5 million for 2018 and 2019.

The Sox don’t have to deal Sale, though general manager Rick Hahn told CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes that he’s “open-minded” and doesn’t “view anyone as being ‘untouchable.'” Still, it’d take a gaudy, kitchen-sink offer. 

Gardner could be included in a deal for Salethough the Yankees might be required to eat some cash—but the White Sox would also undoubtedly ask for names from the top of New York’s developmental depth chart, including power-hitting outfielder Aaron Judge and speedy shortstop Jorge Mateo.

And if Sale is truly, well, for sale, others with deeper minor league systems—hello, Boston Red Sox—might well snatch him up.

If you’re looking for a club with a wealth of team-controlled starting pitching and a need in the outfield, no one fits the bill better than the Cleveland Indians.

Left fielder Michael Brantley underwent shoulder surgery and could miss the first month of the season, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian noted. And the Tribe’s offense, even with Brantley, is average at best.

Meanwhile, Cleveland is stocked with arms, including 2014 AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, as well as right-handers Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar, all of whom are locked up through 2018 and beyond. 

Again, the Yanks would have to dangle at least a couple of top prospects for the Indians to even pick up the phone. But, as Bastian correctly pointed out, “Starting pitching is the undeniable and enviable strength of Cleveland’s roster, and other clubs know the Indians are not in a position to outbid other teams for an impact bat on the free-agent market.”

If the Yankees are willing to raid their farm, they could build an offer around Gardner that might pry away Carrasco, who fanned 216 hitters in 183.2 innings last year and would immediately challenge Masahiro Tanaka for the title of staff ace.

“With respect to trades, that’s a very difficult question to answer,” Cleveland president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said, per Bastian. “We have to be open-minded in how we build our team.”

That’s the same mindset Cashman will need as he seeks to bolster a starting corps that finished 19th in baseball with a 4.25 ERA in 2015. Opening the wallet wide is always an option in the Bronx. But the Yankees exercised restraint in free agency last winter, and with so many onerous contracts still on the books, they could repeat that strategy.

If so, expect some trades. And don’t be surprised if Brett Gardner is in the middle of one of them. 


All statistics and contract information current as of Nov. 15 and courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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Brett Gardner Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Yankees OF’s Future

The New York Yankees have reportedly engaged in trade discussions involving outfielder Brett Gardner as they look to bolster their rotation depth.  

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Yanks In Preliminary Gardner Talks with Seattle Mariners

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is a longtime admirer of the 32-year-old outfielder. One named that’s popped up in talks is James Paxton as Seattle is unwilling to part with Taijuan Walker, but no move is viewed as imminent at this stage.

Gardner is coming off of another solid campaign at the plate and in the field. He posted a .343 on-base percentage with 16 home runs, 94 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 151 games.

His defensive metrics have fallen off a bit since the early years of his career, when he rated as one of baseball’s top outfielders. That said, he’s still been a plus-defender in every season based on Defensive Runs Saved, according to FanGraphs.

Paxton is a bit of a late bloomer with just 30 starts in the majors at age 27. His numbers are those of somebody who can be an effective piece of the rotation moving forward with a 3.16 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 165 innings.

The New York Post report noted Gardner’s contract is part of the reason the Yankees are considering a trade. They want some additional payroll flexibility, and he’s scheduled to make at least $11 million in each of the next three seasons, per Spotrac.

Ultimately, it’s likely going to take several more pieces along with Paxton for the Mariners to acquire Gardner. But given the money he’s owed and the fact he’s at the back-end of his prime means the Yankees probably won’t get true market value if they do decide to trade him this offseason.


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Yankees’ Brett Gardner Gets Hit in Head When Fan Throws HR Ball Back onto Field

Fans throwing a visiting player’s home run ball back onto the field is a common occurrence around Major League Baseball, normally resulting in nothing more than a slight delay.

On Sunday afternoon, there was an incident at Yankee Stadium that fortunately didn’t cause a serious injury.

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista crushed his 26th home run of the season deep into the left field stands to give his team a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning:

The fan who wound up with the ball decided to toss it back into the field of play—and right at Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, hitting the first-time All-Star in the back of the head.

Gardner finished the game but did have a bruise on the back of his head afterward, according to David Lennon of Newsday:

The Blue Jays finished off the sweep of the Yankees with a 2-0 victory.


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With Jeter Gone, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner Are 1-2 Nightmare

With five weeks of the 2015 MLB season complete, we’ve gotten a pretty good look at the post-Derek Jeter New York Yankees. And sappiness be damned, they just don’t quite look the same without him.

There’s one way, however, that this has been a very, very good thing.

With Jeter safely retired—and evidently disconnected altogether—Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has an option that eluded him in The Captain’s final season in 2014: The option to place center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and left fielder Brett Gardner in the top two spots in the lineup.

So, that’s what he’s been doing. And so far, it’s working like a charm.

After floundering in 2014, the Yankees’ offensive attack has gone retro in 2015. The Yankees came into the week scoring 4.85 runs per game, a massive improvement over last year’s 3.91 runs per outing.

This is a key reason why they’re out to a somewhat surprising 21-12 start that has them in first place in the AL East. And if you’re looking for reasons for why it’s happening, it’s all too appropriate that Ellsbury and Gardner might be Nos. 1 and 2 on the list.

Offensively, the two left-handed batters have been downright terrific in 2015. Courtesy of FanGraphs, here’s where their numbers stood coming into play Monday:

*Important note: All stats past this point are current through play on Sunday, May 10.

In a year in which the average OPS is only .710, Ellsbury and Gardner’s OPS’s highlight them as the clearly above-average hitters that they’ve been. So does wRC+.

For the layman, that’s “Weighted Runs Created Plus,” which measures a player’s total offensive value on a scale where 100 represents average. Ellsbury and Gardner have thus been safely above-average hitters and are certainly outperforming their own standards. Gardner’s 137 wRC+ puts him on pace to beat his 112 wRC+ from 2010. Ellsbury‘s 134 wRC+ puts him on pace to beat his 150 wRC+ from 2011.

And as you’d expect from a pair of speed demons like Ellsbury and Gardner, they’re also tearing it up on the basepaths. As the YES Network noted on Twitter:

Add it all up, and FanGraphs‘ “Offense” metric says Ellsbury has been worth 6.7 runs above average and Gardner has been worth 6.3 runs above average.

That doesn’t quite make them baseball’s top offensive duo, mind you, as that’s less than half of the 28.3 runs above average that slugging Los Angeles Dodgers teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson have combined for. 

But if you go looking for a better one-two punch at the top of a lineup, you’re not going to find one.

Each of Ellsbury‘s 142 plate appearances have been out of the leadoff spot, so his .341 average, .415 on-base percentage and .812 OPS are entirely leadoff numbers.

As for Gardner, 107 of his 115 total plate appearances have come in the No. 2 spot. In those 107 plate appearances, he’s hit .308 with a .394 OBP and an .834 OPS.

So, let’s ask a question: How many other teammates have logged as many as 100 plate appearances in the top two spots in the lineup and, from those spots, have hit at least .300 with at least a .390 OBP and at least an .800 OPS?

Here are your answers:

  • Have hit at least .300: Zero.
  • Have OBP‘d at least .390: Zero.
  • Have OPS’d at least .800: Zero.

As they say, there you have it. In 2015, Ellsbury and Gardner have been a one-two punch unlike any other.

Given that the top two spots in the lineup come up more than any other two spots, this is quite the advantage for the Yankees. And while other teams could hypothetically seek to replicate it by putting their two best hitters atop the lineup, that wouldn’t necessarily mean creating a carbon copy of the Ellsbury-Gardner duo.

For one, it’s not easy to find two guys who can match their speed. But more importantly, it’s not easy to find two guys who have the goods to put said speed to good use.

As Gardner put it to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com: “We take a lot of pride in getting on base, and that’s our job at the top of the lineup. We feel like we’re two leadoff hitters, and we can get on base for those guys in the middle of the lineup and give them RBI opportunities.”

By getting on base as frequently they have, Ellsbury and Gardner have certainly been producing like “two leadoff hitters.” But they’ve also been acting the part, as they’ve been tough outs in more ways than one.

There are two primary guidelines for hitters who desire to be tough outs: Don’t strike out and take your walks. And in this day and age, you can add a third: Don’t give the defense an excuse to shift. 

Ellsbury and Gardner have been doing all three of these things, as we can see here that they’re striking out less, walking more often and going the other way more often than the average hitter:

The value of their walks is self-explanatory. Same goes for balls in play, especially given that both are hitting over .360 on balls in play. And though logic says those averages will come down eventually, they’ll come down slowly if Ellsbury and Gardner maintain their opposite-field dominance. On balls to left field, Ellsbury is hitting .429 and Gardner is hitting .379.

Between what they’ve done in the box and what they’ve done on the basepaths, Ellsbury and Gardner have been about as valuable to the Yankees offense as you’d expect. They’ve scored 47 of the team’s 149 runs. For perspective, the Yankees’ primary one-two hitters in 2014 scored 134 of the team’s 633 runs. We’re talking an increase of roughly 21 percent to roughly 32 percent.

And yes, given that Ellsbury and Gardner were there to fill the top two slots in the Yankees lineup last year, you can’t help but wonder what might have been.

Though Gardner and Ellsbury both saw their share of action in the leadoff spot in 2014, the two appeared in the No. 2 hole only 37 times. The bulk of the No. 2 plate appearances (619 to be exact) instead went to Jeter.

That didn’t go well. In hitting just .256 with a .617 OPS, Jeter qualified as the seventh-worst hitter in MLB. Largely as a result of that, the Yankees’ No. 2 spot—which is arguably the most important spot in the lineup—finished ranked No. 21 in wRC+.

Hindsight isn’t needed to see that this was a problem. People in the media (such as Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York) started questioning Jeter’s spot in the lineup in early May. As time went on, it became fair to wonder, as Howard Megdal put it at SB Nation, if “one player’s historic contribution to the team and/or ego was seemingly being put ahead of team goals.”

For his part, Girardi tried to defend Jeter’s ongoing role in the No. 2 spot. But every time he did, he effectively confirmed that Jeter’s past was taking priority over his present. In June, his rationalization for continuing to bat Jeter second was that he was “a guy who’s [always] responded.” In September, Girardi defended Jeter on the basis that he had always “been clutch” when the pressure was highest.

Apart from some short-lived hot streaks here and there, Jeter never made good on Girardi‘s confidence. And though it certainly wasn’t the reason, having such an easy out in the No. 2 hole was certainly a reason why the Yankees scored fewer than four runs per game for the first time since 1990.

Maybe things would have been different if Ellsbury and Gardner had been the one-two punch from the get-go. Both ended up being solidly above-average offensive producers, so maybe the Yankees would have avoided scoring fewer than four runs per game. And had they avoided that fate, they might have won more than 84 games and had a shot at giving Jeter a proper send-off in October.

Maybe, indeed. But with the way things are going now, that serene sound you’re hearing is the water underneath the bridge. 

The way they’re hitting this year, it certainly doesn’t look like the Yankees missed their final chance at getting the most out of Ellsbury and Gardner’s respective primes by denying them the opportunity to be a one-two punch in 2014.

Better yet, the 2015 Yankees look more deserving of such an awesome one-two punch than the 2014 Yankees. Unlike last year’s Yankees, this year’s Yankees have healthy and effective versions of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. They also have Michael Pineda to play the ace role vacated by Masahiro Tanaka and an elite bullpen capable of protecting any lead.

Having Ellsbury and Gardner atop the lineup would have made the 2014 Yankees better. But this year, having them atop the lineup is making the Yankees legitimately dangerous.


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Brett Gardner Injury: Updates on Yankees LF’s Wrist and Return

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner exited Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles with a wrist injury. He did not start on Tuesday.

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Gardner Sits vs. Orioles

Tuesday, April 14

Gardner did not start against the Orioles, per Brendan Kuty of The Star-Ledger. However, Sweeny Murti of CBS New York noted that he could be available off the bench. Murti added, “[The] hope is he’s good to go again by Friday for opener at TB.”

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reported that Gardner “probably won’t start again until Friday.”

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, a stiff right wrist forced Gardner to leave Monday’s game. MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch noted that Gardner was hit by a pitch in the first inning, which was likely the source of the problem.

X-rays were negative on his wrist, per Hoch. Following the game, Gardner told Marchand that he expected to be back soon, even as early as Tuesday.   

Entering Monday, the 31-year-old had made 26 plate appearances, boasting a .273 batting average to go along with one home run and three runs batted in.

Between his mix of hitting, speed and defense, Gardner has been one of the better Yankees players over the last few seasons.

There’s no question that New York can’t afford to be without his services for too long if it truly wants to compete for a playoff spot in the competitive American League East.

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David Price and 3 Arbitration-Eligible MLB Stars Who Should Be Traded

Major League Baseball’s hot stove is cold, but will only need a few impact moves to heat up again over the next few weeks. Despite pitchers and catchers preparing to arrive for spring training in less than a month, there’s still major business to tend to this offseason.

With arbitration numbers exchanged, settlements achieved and hearings set for February, the short-term payroll for each team is coming into focus for 2014. 

The free-agent market is still ripe with options, but trades could be the most efficient team-building route for the following teams. 

Here are four arbitration-eligible stars who should be moved between now and the start of spring training.


*Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and Fangraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts. 

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