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The New York Yankees are bringing back popular outfielder and pulse of the team, Brett Gardner, on a one-year contract.

The New York Yankees are re-signing Brett Gardner to a one-year, $10 million contract. The new deal also includes a $10 million club option for 2021, plus a $2.5 million buyout. Several sources reported the deal, including Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

Gardner debuted with the Yankees as a rookie in 2008 and has been a staple of the lineup and clubhouse ever since. He is a Gold Glove-winning outfielder and still has reliable speed at age 36. In 2020, he will most likely serve as the everyday center fielder while Aaron Hicks recovers from Tommy John surgery.

The 2019 season, meanwhile, proved to be a career year for Brett Gardner. He only hit .251 but launched a career-best 28 home runs with 74 RBIs. This proved huge for Gardner, who hit a sluggish .236 in 2018 before being benched for Andrew McCutchen.

Now, however, the Yankees have an offseason to truly celebrate. Not only did they land the biggest free agent available in Gerrit Cole, but a fan favorite has now returned. Gardner is now the longest-tenured Yankee on the roster.

Gardner can also look forward to being a cult hero in 2020. His entertaining bat-banging last season became an overnight viral sensation. When he was ejected from a game for doing it, the team used it as is rallying cry, the new “thumbs down” if you will.

Either way, the Yankees’ outfield is now set. MLB network’s Jon Heyman reported multiple teams offered Gardner multiyear contracts, yet Gardner wasn’t shy about his preference to remain in New York.

He was drafted as a Yankee, and now he will more than likely retire as a Yankee. Here’s hoping he can now win another World Series ring with them.

Josh Benjamin has been a staff writer at ESNY since 2018. He has had opinions about everything, especially the Yankees and Knicks. He co-hosts the “Bleacher Creatures” podcast and is always looking for new pieces of sports history to uncover, usually with a Yankee Tavern chicken parm sub in hand.