During a Q & A mailbag for Bill Ladson of MLB.com, one of the questions had he received was if there was a possibility of New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner becoming a trade target of the Washington Nationals as they are now looking for a center fielder. Ladson agreed that Gardner would be a perfect target for the Nationals but the Yankees would have to agree.
After seeing the talents that Brett Gardner possesses, the Yankees would not use
Brett Gardner swiped a career high 49 SB in 2011 and has 135 SB overall
him in just any trade. It would have to be for a player that they desperately want and which he could be combined with other players. Not only is Gardner special to the Yankees lineup, Yankees fans grown to like Gardner, like me. Since 2008, Gardner is batting a .264 AVG in 1,582 plate appearances. Although Gardner is not the typical “Bronx Bomber”, he brings to the table what Yankees fans have not seen in decades; speed. Gardner has swiped a career total 135 SB and is quickly climbing up the Yankees All-Time list.
Now if there ever was a trade between the Yankees and the Nationals with Gardner involved the only two players on the Nationals that could be involved in the trade would be John Lannan and Ross Detwiler.
As we all know, the Yankees are not stupid; at all. They know that Gardner has the speed that thrills, and they know that Gardner is an ultimate elite outfielder who not only deserves another Fielding Bible Award, but also the Gold Glove. Gardner ranked #1 among all outfielders last year and has proved that he is one of, if not the best defensive outfielders in baseball. Gardner also is under team control until 2015 so he might be here during those next three seasons. So if any team is looking to bank Brett Gardner, they better have a VERY good player on their hands or else they aren’t getting him; case closed.