NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder Brett Gardner (Holly Hill Academy, College of Charleston) and the New York Yankees finalized his one-year, $12.5 million contract on Saturday.
New York agreed to the deal Dec. 13 during the winter meetings, and the 36-year-old recently took a physical.
Entering his 13th season with New York, Gardner is the longest-tenured member on the current Yankees roster.
His addition, following last month's nine-year, $324 million contract with pitcher Gerrit Cole, raised the Yankees' projected luxury tax payroll to about $248 million — the threshold where the highest luxury tax rate starts.
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Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus payable Jan. 30 and an $8 million salary for next season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout.
He hit .251 and set career highs with 28 home runs and 74 RBI, a rare left-handed bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by right-handed hitters.
Gardner has spent his entire 12-year big league career in the Bronx. He has a .260 average, 124 homers and 524 RBI.