Free agent outfielder Brett Gardner reportedly turned down a one-year, six-million-dollar contract offer from the Blue Jays after the lockout ended, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
At that time, it was no secret Toronto was pursuing a left-handed utility bat, and Gardner made sense on a short-term deal. Ultimately, the Blue Jays went the trade route, dishing outfielder Randal Grichuk to the Rockies for Raimel Tapia.
Gardner, 38, has played his entire 14-year career with the Yankees, picking up 1,470 hits and registering an even 100 OPS+. It’s unclear whether he plans to return this season, though, as Rosenthal notes, multiple teams have expressed interest in his services.
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The Blue Jays have struggled to find offensive production since the season began, and Toronto outfielders have produced just 81 wRC+, 24th in MLB. It’s likely too early to make a roster change at that position, but if Gardner intends to return, the Blue Jays are likely to call again.
H/T Ken Rosenthal