Glad Gardner is staying. With Gardner/Ellsbury we'll have a very good outfield defense even if we put a golf buggy in the right field. Similar deal to what Michael Bourn got. Gardner is a better player however.
Who cares about batting average? Gardner's career .352 OBP is actually slightly better than Ellsbury's career .350 OBP. Both guys steal a lot of bases and both are great defenders. Ellsbury has more power, but not enough more to justify a roughly $10 million gap in AAV. Gardner definitely gave the Yankees a discount from what he could've had on the open market.
Is Gardner really a 52M player? As a Mets fan he's a guy I like and even root for but 52 for 4 years?? That's a bargain? How much money has the evil empire spent this off season?
Speaking as a Mets fan myself, yes he is. Strong defender, speed, and a great eye. You have to compare it to the market today. I'd take Gardner all day at 13MM a year. The Yankees got themselves a bargain, and Gardner gets the financial security. Very fair for both parties.
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