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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees reacts to striking out against Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros during the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Report: Yankees, Mariners discuss Brett Gardner

Entering the GM meetings this week, Brian Cashman said that he’s willing to talk about anyone on the current roster. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, he’s engaged the Mariners in talks for all-star outfielder Brett Gardner.

Gardner, 32, has been the subject of trade talks for the past few years.ย He’s especially attractive because he only has three years and $39.5M left on his deal. Sherman notes that talks aren’t “far along” with any one team, but says that Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto has always liked Gardner, going back to his days as an executive with the Diamondbacks and Angels.

The Yankees would likely want young, high-end pitching in return since Adam Warren and Luis Severino are the only starters that will be under team control after 2016 or 2017. Mariners starter Taijuan Walker is reportedly off the table, but Seattle is willing to talk about 27-year-old lefty James Paxton.

Paxton, whose windup is similar to Andy Pettitte‘s, has been on the Yankees’ radar recently. The Yankees kept an eye on him late in the season and now in the Arizona Fall League, with the hopes that he’d be made available this winter. Paxton is currently 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA in five AFL starts. Heย missed four months this season with a strained middle finger on his pitching hand, but he’s been effective when healthy. He’s 12-8 with a 3.16 ERA over parts of three seasons with Seattle.

Although Gardner is a fan favorite and a team leader, he is 32 and relies heavily on his legs. The Yankees aren’t expected to add a high-end starter through free agency this winter, so Cashman will have to be creative through trades.

  1. No, he shouldn’t. Look, I like Gardy as much as the next Yankee fan but the truth is he is getting old which is not a good thing at all especially for a guy who relies on his legs like the article stated. Also, he has completely fallen off the face of the earth the past two years in the second half. On top of that, we don’t need two guys in our OF that are essentially the same player which is what Gardy and Ells are. They both play good defense and hit decent when healthy (which is basically never) but neither has any pop to speak of really. What we need is a right handed power hitting corner OFer; someone like Justin Upton for example or maybe Heyward. We NEED an impact bat, from the right side particularly, and if Gardy can get us one or a mid rotation starter then by all means we need to pull the trigger.

  2. I saw Gardy’s debut with my grandchildren so I have a soft spot for him but he’s somebody we can get something for and before he’s too old. I’d rather see more than what this offer is however especially when we got so little for Pirela.

  3. they traded pirela? not that he was hitting but i must have missed that. what did they end up getting for him?

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