NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Yankees announced Friday that outfielder Brett Gardner and the club have avoided arbitration.  The speedy 29-year-old has agreed terms on a one-year contract worth $2.85 million with the Yankees.

Gardner can earn $150,000 in performance bonuses under Friday’s deal: $25,000 each for 375, 400, 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.

Gardner, 29, only took part in 16 regular season games in 2012.  He batted .323 with 0 home runs, 3 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

An elbow injury hampered Gardner’s regular season.  Gardner underwent elbow surgery on July 24, but was able to play three games during the ALCS.  He did not record a hit during the series.

Gardner is a career .266 hitter.  He earned $2.8 million in 2012.

Yankees fans — do you expect Gardner to put it all together in 2013?  Let us know…

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