Saturday, February 13, 2021

Are the Yankees really going to nickel-and-dime Brett Gardner?

I would hate to wait on Hal Steinbrenner in a diner. Something tells me, he's one of those guys who deducts taxes from the tip. On a $10 tab, he leaves nickels and a dime, talks incessantly on the phone and empties the "Need a Penny?" coin cup near the register. When he comes in, the waitresses take a break.   

This week, an Interweb report suggested that the Yankees' reunion with Brett Gardner is not the certainty we're certain of. It said the Death Star has yet to make Gardy an offer - with mere days before camp opens.

Apparently, the front office is playing chicken with Gardner, trying to wrangle a few spare pennies from the table. It's an authentic question to wonder if the Yankees actually need Gardy - another OF, albeit a lefty bat? But really, people, who here does not expect Gardy to re-sign? Show of hands? That's what I thought. 

Nobody expects to see him in another uniform.

So, here's the question: How much hemming and hawing should they apply to negotiations over their de facto captain? Are they really going to quibble over every thin dime? Is this how the cold winter of 2021 slides into spring, with the Yankee ownership fighting over every last 5-cent bottle deposit?

The Yankees seem content to field a competitive team in the AL East. This comes at a crossroads season, with several stars hitting their primes (Cole, Voit, Gleyber, Judge) or twilights (El Chapo, Stanton, Britton), and one additional cog - a LH bat or bullpen lug nut - could make the difference. But they have stopped. And now, are they really going to quibble over the price of Gardy? 

Sad.

14 comments:

Indy Yankee Fan said...

I can't believe that they would treat, a lifetime, Yankee this way!Shame, on you!

Anonymous said...

It's pretty crappy.

A part of me wonders if Brain is waiting to see what other LH outfielders who are younger and better can be had for a pittance.

This concept aside, Gardy deserves better. That said, I really don't want him resigned because Boone will use him too much and I want to see Frazier.

Doug K.

JimmyEatsHotDogs said...

As a lifelong Yankee fan my interest in this team diminishes a little every year. I wouldn't put it past the Yankees to eventually give him an engraved Timex!

DickAllen1964 said...



Hey, Doug, if The Brain were actually out beating the bushes for a younger, cheaper left-handed bat, I would not only support that idea but I would be shocked beyond recognition. What would be even more shocking: if the younger, cheaper lefty bat could actually hit.

I'm sorry. I just don't want to see Gardy in pinstripes this year. Not even as a coach.

Scottish Yankee fan said...

Jay Bruce signs minor league deal $1.3 million
End of Brett then?

Anonymous said...

DickAllen,

They just signed Jay Bruce. Younger by default. Minor league deal. LH bat. Might not effect the Gardner situation.

Doug K.

Publius said...

The International League is a thing of the past. Pacific Coast League, Eastern League, etc...all gone. Replaced with the inspiring "AAA East", "AAA West", "AA Northeast", "AA Midwest". No more Governors' Cup chases for the RailRiders, it seems.

JM said...

Bruce is a perfect fit for the Yanks. He gets injured a lot and swings for the fences.

Alphonso said...

I didn't see Sanchez' name in that list of Yankees who are "entering their prime."

What say you? Which list gets him?

Anonymous said...

Gardy's position should be listed as "impediment". No clue why they keep this guy around. He makes the team worse.

TheWinWarblist said...

But who shall be banging on the ceiling?

TheWinWarblist said...

Die Hal.

Anonymous said...

A lefty bat that can hit neither righties nor lefties? What kind slop passes for baseball analysis on this blog?

TheWinWarblist said...

Wait? We have baseball analysis on this blog??