Gardner, Yankees finalize $12.5M, 1-year contract
Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have finalized his $12.5 million, one-year contract. New York agreed to the deal Dec. 13 during the winter meetings, and the 36-year-old took a physical on Tuesday.
Gardner hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs, New York opened a roster spot by designating left-hander Stephen Tarpley for assignment. Gardner's addition raised the Yankees' projected luxury tax payroll to about $248 million.