Brett Gardner has indicated that he would like another year with the New York Yankees, however he's open to playing with another club.
The 38-year-old is a free agent having yet to be offered another new deal with the Bronx Bombers.
The New York Yankees are 10/1 to win the 2022 World Series and after 14 seasons with the pinstripes, Gardner is still putting up respectable numbers.
He played over 140 games last season with 461 plate appearances with his strong base running and decent left/centre field glove work. He had a .222 batting average with 10 home runs and 39 RBI's.
It was due to injuries that Gardner perhaps played more than required, they were wanting to utilise Gardner in specific situations and ended up playing him virtually all of the time. While the Yankees figure to make some kind of move to their current outfield mix, they could simply opt to bring back a known quantity in Gardner.
The Bronx Bombers have re-signed Gardner to one-year contracts to each of the past three seasons. His one-year, $12.5million deal for the 2020 season carried a 2021 club option that was declined.
They then offered a one-year $5.5million deal which again included a player option for 2022, worth $2.3million. Both Gardner and the Yankees declined the deal, so the veteran has ended up on the free agency market.
If Gardner looks for a further deal elsewhere, then he may struggle, with lots of players at the moment, out of contract due to the lockout. The scramble to get them ready for spring training (if that happens) and opening day (may not happen also) would favour a younger player. Would the Phillies or Marlins be an option for Gardner?