Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce homered to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Wednesday.
“I like to know where I’m gonna be tomorrow, so when the opportunity came for me to stay here for a little while I definitely was excited about it.”
The new deal has a club option for a fifth year at $12.5 million or a $2 million buyout. The extension itself will not kick in until the 2015 season.
David Cone is about as beloved a former Yankee as there is, so when he suggests that Alex Rodriguez should avoid spring training like the plague, it might not be a bad idea for the disgraced slugger to comply.
The Yankees may be largely a team of high-priced offensive stars, but at the end of the day they will likely only go as far as their pitching and defense take them. Ivan Nova, David Robertson and Brett Gardner make the Bombers that much better.
You may not recognize the new team, but you’ll probably recognize the result: just short of 90 wins, just short of the playoffs, way short of expectations.
The Yankees might do it by committee, but they are hell bent on replacing Robinson Cano at second base.
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday the team isn’t shopping outfielder Brett Gardner, though they will listen to offers.
The Yanks are still looking for a second baseman/third baseman type and are trying to bring the lineup “back to the top two or three offenses in the game. We need more work there.”
Several people from other teams I’ve spoken to think the Yankees need Brett Gardner as insurance for an older and injury-prone outfield.
With the additions of Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees have a surplus of outfielders. So could a trade be in the works?
It raises a uniquely New York paradox. Can the Yankees miss the playoffs and still be a success? Can you wear your Jeter Snuggie through a fall and winter wasteland of hot-stove chatter? Yes.
Girardi expects leadoff hitter Brett Gardner will be out for a lengthy stretch and possibly the rest of the regular season.
The Yankees don’t need this right now: leadoff man Brett Gardner is heading to New York for tests on his ailing oblique.
Ichiro Suzuki scored on Brandon Workman’s wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday, and the Yankees overcame Mariano Rivera’s blown save.