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07:34 AM ET 12.16 | So much for New York possibly turning Brett Gardner into another asset. The Yankees have "absolutely no intention" of trading [Gardner] to clear room in center field for Jacoby Ellsbury or to fill a need elsewhere, according to team president Randy Levine. Appearing Sunday morning on ESPN Radio's "The Ian O'Connor Show," Levine declined to comment on reports the Yankees rejected a Gardner-for-Brandon Phillips trade offer from Cincinnati but did say he fully expected Gardner to be in the Opening Day lineup. "We think he's going to be on the roster," Levine said. "One of the reasons the baseball people signed Jacoby Ellsbury is the two of them together present a tremendous dynamic one-two or nine-one, whatever Joe Girardi decides to write in at the top of the lineup."

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December 16, 2013  07:46 AM ET

Now if they can stay healthy and productive for an entire season?? History says that's not very likely.

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December 16, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Is he under contract for this year or is he going to arbitration?

December 16, 2013  08:22 AM ET

In related news, the Yanks desperately hope that ARod's suspension is totally nulled out and their favorite son will return for a full season.

December 16, 2013  08:31 AM ET

He's not untouchable just because they didn't trade him for Phillips. I'm betting that decision had more to do with Phillips' offensive decline, large salary, and his addiction to saying stupid things in social media.

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December 16, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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He's not untouchable just because they didn't trade him for Phillips. I'm betting that decision had more to do with Phillips' offensive decline, large salary, and his addiction to saying stupid things in social media.

Yeah, Brandon's offensive mouth didn't decline last season.
I've always been tickled by Brandon playing with Arroyo because ARod called Bronson "Brandon" a couple of times in '04. Arroyo actually played against ARod in high school and had some good stories about him jawing with the umpires.

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December 16, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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Is he under contract for this year or is he going to arbitration?

Arbitration and then free agent next year. And they will NOT bid high in free agency for him next year. No reason to. He is a career .268 hitter who struggles against LH pitching and is scared to steal bases anymore regardless.

Right offer and he is out the door today.

December 16, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Nunez would be that candidate. I don't think Girardi has the stupidity to put someone with a career .381 OBP in the nine slot. You might as well suggest he could put Ellsbury down there.

He batted Gardener there in 2012...the old 9 spot thing before the lead off hitter in the DH friendly AL.

December 16, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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He's not untouchable just because they didn't trade him for Phillips. I'm betting that decision had more to do with Phillips' offensive decline, large salary, and his addiction to saying stupid things in social media.

Yep....You nailed it..

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December 16, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Get with the program, Tro. If you don't know by now, jgb will be happy to tell you that you can throw Jeter's OBP, BA, SLG, OPS, and most any other stat right out the window. Jeter was born in 1974 and that is the only thing worth considering.

Harold Baines holds the record for slugging by a 40 year old with .533 in 1999.

 
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