Brett Gardner will return to pinstripes for $2.8 million.
With Andruw Jones in the fold, the outfield is set. That leaves Eric Chavez, Russell Martin, and Boone Logan as the lone targets to sign for 2012 from last season’s roster.
Two arbitration-eligible Yankees — catcher Russell Martin and lefty reliever Boone Logan — still have not reached agreements. Martin and the Yanks are $1.2 million apart, with the catcher asking for $8.2 million, up from $4 million last season, and the Yankees countering with $7 million.
Logan has asked for $2.1 million and been offered $1.7 million; he earned $1.2 million in 2011.
No stories on Chavez.
That leaves a hole for a lefty DH / PH. Big crop. Yanks can afford to play funny here in a buyer’s market. Crank up Papi’s price for Boston. heh heh