The Baltimore Orioles have been looking for an outfielder that has immense speed and is a plus defender during the Winter Meetings.
He’s here not because I can’t move him; he’s here because I’m not comfortable moving him, or haven’t been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him,” says GM Brian Cashman. “You’re going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I’ve said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it.
Gardner (33) is guaranteed $25M over the next two seasons. This includes a $2M buyout on the $12.5M option he has in 2019. He batted .261/.351/.362, driving in 41 runs, stealing 16 bases in 148 games.
Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors also spoke on Gardner’s availability previously:
The Yankees have spoken to other teams about third baseman Chase Headley and outfielder Brett Gardner but received minimal interest in that pair. Headley has $26MM in guaranteed money remaining on his deal and quietly rebounded from a disastrous start to post a solid overall season in the Bronx last year, while Gardner is owed a similar $25MM through 2018 and also has a club option for the 2019 season on his deal. Gardner would seem to have more trade value to me, and perhaps teams would show more interest later in the winter once some of the free-agent options in the outfield have come off the board.
Gardner can add a speed factor that has been ever so elusive for Baltimore for what seems like an eternity. He got on-base at a .351 clip, which is another area where the Orioles could use some improvement at. Although Gardner is a 33-year old and had his lowest amount of stolen bases since his rookie season, he would be a valuable asset to an Orioles club that loves the long ball a little too much.