Yankees: Brett Gardner and Darren O’Day don’t settle with NYY and go to free agency

This Thursday, the legendary gardener Brett gardner declined his player option, and the New York Yankees they declined their club option. He is now a free agent. In addition, the right relay Darren o’day he declined his player option and the NYY declined his club option. He is now a free agent too.

The Yankees announced tonight that both Gardner and O’Day were released and are up for the highest bidder. Both veteran players had player option contracts that each declined:

Their respective agreements allowed the Yankees to bring back either player by exercising a more expensive club option, but the team chose not to do so in either case.

38-year-old Brett M. Gardner has been with the club since 2005 when he was drafted in the third round, rose to MLB in 2008 and since then has 14 seasons in GL, all in pinstripes. He is the last player left from the last NYY title in 2009 vs. the Phillies. Gardy had a player option of $ 2.3 million for 2022, while the club had a $ 7.15 million. Instead, Gardner receives 1.15 million dollars of purchase.

It’s the second straight offseason the Yankees have turned down an option on Gardner. Last winter, the club opted to buy the veteran rather than bring him back for $ 10 million:

After a few months on the open market, the career Yankee returned to the Bronx in a complex deal that paid him $ 2.85MM in 2021. This again raises the possibility of Gardner landing elsewhere after spending the past fourteen seasons. in the Yankees uniform.

Certainly the New York and Gardner representatives at Meister Sports Management may still be looking to strike a new deal that falls somewhere between the player’s respective values ​​and the club’s options, but now he will be able to explore opportunities with other clubs as well. .

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O’Day, 39, was only with the Yankees this season. 1.4 MDD was the player’s choice, while NYY had him 3.15. Overall, it received only 700k of purchases. Will Gardner and O’Day remain active in 2022?

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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Yankees: Brett Gardner and Darren O’Day don’t settle with NYY and go to free agency