The Yankees made it official: Brett Gardner is back, four weeks after the two parties came to their initial agreement. They were not, as it happens, waiting for a J.A. Happ trade. (Or, if they were waiting, they decided not to wait any longer. Who knows!) It’s a one-year, $12.5 million deal with a $10 million option for 2021.
According to the team, the Yankees designated Stephen Tarpley for assignment to make room for Brett Gardner:
Gardner, of course, is coming off a career year in which he hit .251/.325/.503 (115 wRC+) with 28 home runs. It was the offensive year of his career by far despite a slow start. I wrote about his year in our season review series, which you can find here.
As for Tarpley, I can’t say I’m too surprised to see him be the corresponding move here. The 26-year-old lefty struggled in the Bronx last season, pitching to a 6.93 ERA (5.69 FIP) in 24.2 innings. In two years with the Yanks, he owned a 5.88 ERA (4.77 ERA) in 33.2 innings. Wherever he ends up now — possibly even in the Yankees MiLB system — we here at Views wish you well, Stephen.