A Trade Involving Brett Gardner
This is a move that seems like it is inevitable for the Yankees to make, to trade longtime outfielder Brett Gardner.
Within the past year, the Yankees have been shipping out practically all of their veterans who still hold some value and Gardner will most likely not be treated any differently.
In 2016, the left-fielder sported a slash line of .261/.351/.362 with 16 stolen bases and 41 RBI’s while winning himself the Gold Glove award among American League left fielders at season’s end — an award which could certainly boost his value.
There are many teams out there looking for a leadoff hitter and the 31-year old Yankee could be a perfect fit. One team in particular that comes to mind is the Washington Nationals.
Due to the disappointing 2016 from Ben Revere, the Nationals are in the hunt for a leadoff hitter and if they could provide the Yankees with some starting pitching help, a deal could certainly be done.
One pitcher who the Nationals could be willing to give up in such a deal would be left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez who could surely be beneficial to the starting rotation in the Bronx.
Surely nothing is set in stone and there should be other fits for Gardner other than Washington.
This is all speculative but fans should not be shocked during the Winter Meetings if Brett Gardner has to pack his bags and wear a different uniform for the 2017 campaign.