The Yankees recently signed Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, and have Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki, Vernon Wells, and of course, Gardner on the roster as well, so a trade is worth discussing with a surplus of outfielders and the Yankees glaring need for starting pitching.
Peter Gammons reports that “at least a half-dozen teams”–including the Tigers and Phillies–have inquired about Gardner.
However, Gammons also reported that general manager Brian Cashman won’t trade Gardner “until and unless he has to for starting pitching.” The Yankees should be aggressive in signing international superstar Masahiro Tanaka, and if they miss out on him, are likely to be in on Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Bronson Arroyo, so a need for starting pitching may never arise.
The Yankees also reportedly turned down a Gardner-for-Brandon Phillips trade last month, so it’s clear they aren’t eager to move him.
But if they do make him available, it’s even more clear they’ll have plenty of suitors.