Yankees GM Brian Cashman hinted Thursday that Brett Gardner will remain an everyday player in 2011 and beyond.
The Yanks have been intrigued by the possibility of signing Carl Crawford for years, but they may have to pass on the Tampa speedster this offseason. Barring a drastic change, Gardner will open the 2011 season as New York's starting left fielder, Curtis Granderson will open in center and Nick Swisher will open in right. "We always projected [Gardner] to be an everyday player in New York," Cashman said Thursday. "A lot of people doubted that was real. We never did. It turns out it is real. It turns out we were right."
Brett is a little old (27) to be finally scoring a full time job but he was the 25th outfielder on the player rater this year. If he can improve on that .252 mark vs. LHP he should be solid next year. It seemed he spent alot of time batting 9th last year but he still scored 97 runs, and the Yanks seem to like him in the 1st or 2nd spot in the order vs. RHP on occasion. Projections for next year?
.280 110 R 5HR 50 RBI 55 SB