Yankees, Gardner, settle on contract terms

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

6 thoughts on “Yankees, Gardner, settle on contract terms

  1. Bill S

    It must be hard to find a picture of Gardner bunting :P

  2. hugh

    With Logan (1.4 total WAR over past 2 seasons) likely to get somewhere around $2m, with DRob (4.8WAR, including a likely unrepeatable 3.9 last season) getting $1.6m and with Martin (3.1WAR) in line for $7m min., I wonder how Gardner (9.6WAR) feels about the current arbitration system.

    • Hippeaux

      An interesting point, Hugh, although the fact that each of the above players entered the league between 1.5 and 3.5 years younger than Gardner is the biggest factor. If he were in his fourth year of arbitration eligibility, as Martin is, he would almost certainly make at least as much. I think the WAR numbers here are a little misleading. You can bet the Yankees would've made a persuasive case that, as good a defender as he is, he doesn't win them 2.5 games a year with his glove in left field, and, of course, Martin's bWAR doesn't factor nearly all of his defensive contributions, which guys like Mike Fast and Bojan Koprivica have argued raises his value by a win or two, putting him neck-and-neck with Gardner in 2011 (check out The Flagrant Fan case for Martin's arbitration: http://passion4baseball.blogspot.com/2012/01/yank… ).

      I'm certainly willing to concede that relief pitchers are overvalued by the arbitration process, but that's because they are overvalued…period. When an arbiter looks at David Robertson, he's going to be thinking about what he would make on the open market, and we need look no further than the wild contracts handed out to Rafael Soriano, Jonathan Papelbon, etc. to know that D-Rob would command some serious scrilla as a free agent.

      • smurfy

        War undervalues very good relievers, I think. Dave was asked to quell numerous (5?) bases loaded potential rallies, and I believe he never failed to quench with no damage. At least once, maybe twice, there was only one out. Those alone count for about 3.9 over yer standard replacement.

        • MikeD

          Agreed. WAR is not particuarly valuable when rating relievers, sometimes overvaluing, many times undervaluing.

  3. Hugh

    Thanks, Hippeaux. Valid points, I am sure, re Martin and I take your points about the market value of good relievers. Surely Gardner would get a lot more than $3m on the open-market were he to be a free agent right now, though?…
    And also thanks, Smurfy. I agree DRob was very valuable last season. But as I recall, and much as I like him, he caused one or two of those base-loaded situations himself with his shaky control. That's a bit like Gardner making a series of tricky catches look near impossible by playing right on the left field line and then showing off his super-speed to reach the ball in left-centre. You're glad he got the job done and love the skills he showed, but also aware that another, slower, guy might well have got the job done less flashily but equally effectively.

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