MLB notebook: Yankees' Gardner agrees to 4-year contract extension
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, 8:03 p.m.
Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees agreed Sunday to a four-year contract worth $52 million.
The new pact starts in 2015 and includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million and a $2 million buyout. If traded, Gardner would receive $1 million.
“It shows the level of confidence, belief and trust, and the type of player and person he is,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We're excited to know that he's going to be a part of this team going forward. We're a better team with Gardy on it, that's the bottom line. This is a good day for him, and we believe it makes the future for us better.”
Gardner has a $5.6 million, one-year contract for this season. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
“Free agency is something that, it kind of intrigued me, but it also kind of scared me,” Gardner said. “I've never been anywhere else. I love it here. I love putting on the pinstripes every day.”
Cashman said talks about the contract extension started at the winter meetings in December.
The Yankees are moving Gardner to left field this year after the signing of free agent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a $153 million, seven-year contract in December.
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• Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is being shut down in spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder. Chacin was Colorado's top right-handed starter a year ago. The 26-year-old went 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA.
• With Chase Headley out for at least the next two weeks, San Diego manager Bud Black will get a chance to look at a handful of other options at third base. Black said Sunday the team hopes to know more in the next few days about just how long Headley will be sidelined. Headley is scheduled to have an MRI on his right calf on Monday.
• Matt Harrison concedes that he likely won't be ready to start for the Texas Rangers by Opening Day. The left-hander, who hasn't thrown in a week because of stiffness in his neck and back, just hopes things are different from last season. He started the opener last year, but then made only one more start. Even though Harrison is feeling much better after switching beds, he was still returning to Texas to be examined by the specialist who did both operations last year for a herniated disk in his lower back.
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