Friday, January 3, 2014
DOES THE INTEREST IN GARDNER SURPRISE YOU?
Just wanted to point out that Peter Gammons says that 6 teams are interested in Brett Gardner. According to him:
"Since the Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, at least a half-dozen teams—from the Phillies to the Tigers—have taken a run at Brett Gardner, knowing he’s a free agent at the end of next season. But Brian Cashman won’t move him until and unless he has to for starting pitching. Cashman loves Gardner’s toughness and likens it to that of Dustin Pedroia, thinks Gardner is very similar to Ellsbury only a year or two behind in skill development, and thinks the defense and the offensive speed will play big in Yankee Stadium and in a lineup that will otherwise play for power. 'Brett is one of the toughest players in the game, an incredible competitor,' says Cashman. 'We feel very strongly about him and his role as a leader and catalyst.'"
This should surprise no one. The fact of the matter is, a player like Gardner is valuable to any team, and all the clubs are seeing a crowded Yankee outfield right now, not to mention Gardner's trade value is much higher than Ichiro Suzuki so, why wouldn't a club reach out to see if Gardner is available. I'd be pissed if my GM wasn't calling the Yankees asking about Gardner.
Anyway... I found this report from Gammons to be mildly interesting... but obvious.
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