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Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 23, 2014 at 06:35:57 PM

When Brett Gardner's name floated around as a possible trade chip for the Yankees in the off-season, general manager Brian Cashman wasn't interested in trading the outfielder. He was much more interested in signing Gardner to a contract extension. On Sunday, the Yankees did just that as Gardner agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal that will begin in the 2015 season.

By signing Gardner one year before he could became a free agent, the Yankees made a savvy baseball decision. While the Yankees don't typically negotiate extensions with players that are nearing free agency, they recognized the importance of having a reliable player like Gardner to pair with Jacoby Ellsbury in the outfield for the next several years.

"I love everything about the way Gardy plays the game," Cashman said. "He's

Posted by: Jack Curry on Feb 21, 2013 at 12:41:57 PM

TAMPA -- Curtis Granderson began working out in left field for the Yankees on Thursday, which is a precursor to Granderson moving from center field to left. Brett Gardner will move from left to center.

There has been speculation about the Yankees starting Gardner, who is the better defensive player, in center this offseason. While manager Joe Girardi has addressed questions about the possible switch, it didn't come to fruition until he spoke to both players about the plan.

According to defensive metrics, Gardner has been one of the best defensive left fielders in the Major Leagues while Granderson has been one of the worst center fielders. Gardner considers center field his natural position. The Yankees aren't concerned about Gardner transitioning to center, but they do want Granderson

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 14, 2010 at 11:42:32 PM

When Brett Gardner takes a lead off first base, he bends his right arm at an angle and keeps it tucked close to his chest. Gardner’s arm is bent in such a pronounced fashion that he looks as if he is prepared to fire an elbow at anyone who traipses into his patch of dirt.

As different as Gardner’s elbow looks from the way most players look when they lead off first, there is a reason for it. By keeping his elbow bent, Gardner said that he generates more force when he turns his body to the right and powers to second base.  

“When you run, the first thing that moves is your arms,” Gardner said. “You want to have your arms in a good position. Sometimes, if I open my arm up too much, that causes my body to stand up and I don’t get a good jump.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:42:18 PM

BALTIMORE –- The Yankees have played 18 games, which is about 11 percent of their schedule. It is barely an appetizer, the equivalent of receiving bread and water before a seven-course meal. No matter how satisfied the Yankees were about going 12-6, it is only a sliver of their season.

Believe it or not, there is still time for Javier Vazquez to potentially win the 15 games, still time for Mark Teixeira to hit like himself and still time for Nick Johnson to climb above the .270 mark. Likewise, there is still time for Andy Pettitte to pitch like a mortal, for Robinson Cano to struggle with runners in scoring position and even time for the mighty Mariano Rivera to blow a save.

But, for now, the 18-game sample, however small, is the way to evaluate the Yankees. General Manager Brian