The Yankees declined Brett Gardner’s option for 2019 Wednesday, then re-signed the veteran to a one-year deal.
The New York Yankees today announced that they have come to terms with OF Brett Gardner on a one-year contract for the 2019 season after declining the 2019 club option on his previous contract.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) October 31, 2018
According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Gardner will earn $7.5 million in 2019. He earned $11.5 million last season, and had been slated to make $12 million in 2019 if the team had picked up his option. The Yankees owe him a $2 million buyout for declining that option.
The 35-year-old Gardner, who debuted with the Yankees in 2008, has been a starter since 2010, making the All-Star team in 2015. He has hit 96 home runs and slashed .261/.344/.390 for his career. He hit 12 home runs with a .690 OPS last season, but batted just .209 with a .604 OPS after the All-Star break, and lost playing time as a result.
Still, Gardner can provide a good bench bat, valuable experience and good defense as a spot starter for the talent-laden young Yankees lineup.