In an effort to try to fill out their batting order, the Toronto Blue Jays offered left-hander Brett Gardner a one-year, $6 million contract. the athletic one Reporting by Ken Rosenthal.
Gardner, 38, spent his entire 14-year career with the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays’ offer came after the lockout ended, Rosenthal reported, citing unnamed sources.
He appeared in 140 games last year for the Yankees slashing .222/.327/.367 while smashing 10 home runs and 39 RBIs.
If Brett Gardner is going to play again, it will probably only be for the Yankees, the team that drafted him in the third round out of College of Charleston in 2005. And now that the Yankees have seemingly put free agency behind them as an outfielder, it looks like his career 14 year old could be over.
Gardner, 38, turned down a $6 million, one-year offer from the Blue Jays after the conclusion of the lockout, sources said. Most recently, the Braves gauged his interest after learning outfielder Eddie Rosario would miss eight to 12 weeks while he recovered from a laser procedure to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye. Gardner refused to take the opportunity.
If this is it for Gardner, he will retire with 1,470 hits, 274 stolen bases and 139 home runs. He appeared in 140 or more games 10 times, including what could have been his final season in 2021. A World Series champion in 2009, an All-Star in 2015 and a Gold Glove winner in 2016, he also tied for the lead in the American League with 49 stolen bases in 2011 and hit a career-high 28 home runs in 2019.
Zach Laing is the news director and lead columnist for the Nation Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @zzlaingor contacted by email at [email protected]