Brett Gardner and Two Paths Forward

Brett Gardner and Two Paths Forward

As has been widely reported, Brett Gardner is back in the fold for another year with the Yankees on a 1 year, $7.5 million deal. Here is what we know right now:

  1. By exercising Gardner’s $2 million buyout and resigning him to a $7.5 million contract, the Yankees saved $3 million against the luxury tax threshold vs. simply exercising Gardner’s final year $12.5 million club option.

  2. The Yankees now have 6 major league options for the outfield: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, and Jacoby Ellsbury.

  3. River Ave Blues projected that the Yankees had roughly $49.7 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax threshold this winter prior to the Gardner signing. Signing Gardner gives the roughly $42.2 million to spend this winter in the Free Agent market.

Based on those facts, the Yankees can follow one of two paths: keep the current lineup relatively unchanged from last season (except for finding a Didi fill-in) and once again stay under the luxury tax threshold; or use the money saved in future tax savings by staying under the luxury tax threshold this year to make multiple splashes in the free agent market. Here’s what each path might look like this off-season:

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Breaking News: Yankees and Gardner Agree to One-Year Deal

Breaking News: Yankees and Gardner Agree to One-Year Deal

The Yankees Official Twitter announced earlier today that they have agreed with OF Brett Gardner on a One-Year deal for the 2019 season.

The wording of the tweet makes it seem as though the Yankees have declined Gardner’s $12.5M option for the 2019 season, and according to Mark Feinsand, the deal is expected to be worth $7.5M

This solidifies the expected Yankees 2019 Outfield to continue- as currently projected, there is plenty of offseason to go- as it was for the past two years from Left to Right with: Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, and Aaron Judge.

Here, I will give my quick analysis of the expected $7.5M/1-Year Deal:

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Nathan Eovaldi Needs to be a Yankee...Again

Nathan Eovaldi Needs to be a Yankee...Again

Much as I would like to pretend it’s a dream, credit must be given when it’s due: the Red Sox had one of the best seasons any team has had in the modern era, and they deserve congratulations for winning the World Series in decisive fashion. When any team wins the World Series, the media and even some baseball front offices create narratives about why that team won the World Series over every other team, as though the team in question discovered a formula that other teams should follow. These narratives are often not based on any statistical trends, and the truths unearthed about the construction of championship teams in the post-World Series offseason are often debunked over time - case and point, the 2015 Kansas City Royals. Very few teams are constructing rosters with “grit” and an undisciplined, high-contact, but low-power lineup while batting their worst hitter lead-off. Surely, an imagined trend will emerge during the autopsy of this World Series, but one aspect of the Red Sox’s championship season cannot be denied: the Red Sox utilized their financial might to their advantage over the last couple of years, even despite some flops. The Red Sox would have struggled to win this year without JD Martinez, David Price, Eduardo Nunez (in the playoffs, at least), and Mitch Moreland. What is important to note about this list of players is that it isn’t just filled with the players at the top of the free agent market, like Price and Martinez. The Red Sox were also able to use the free agent market to grab solid role players like Moreland and Nunez to fill out the roster. I think that the Yankees need to thread the needle between these two types of players this winter, and use their spending power to grab Nathan Eovaldi o help fill out the pitching staff.

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Miscellaneous Thoughts and Predictions Prior to the Wild Card Game

The day has finally arrived - the Yanks are set to take on the Athletics at Yankee Stadium in a sudden death game to move on to the ALDS vs. the Red Sox. After delaying the decision for a couple of days, the Yankees announced that Luis Severino will take the hill for the Yankees as the Athletics plan to use Liam Hendriks as their “opener” as they plan to throw the proverbial pitcher’s kitchen sink at the Yankees. My thoughts, in no particular order, are below:

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