Brett Gardner Daily Update

Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IJanuary 27, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees pops out in the top of the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 8-6. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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For all those fans out there who absolutely love Brett Gardner, I have decided to do a frequent (maybe even daily) post on "Gardy."

The latest is that Yankee management is so thrilled with the prospect of Gardner as the starting left fielder (or center fielder depending on whose opinion you are getting) that they have traded for another minor league outfielder whose numbers are even worse than Gardner's.

And they have reportedly offered Rocco Baldelli a minor league contract to see what he can do in camp beginning in a few weeks.

And there are still rumors that the Yankees would like to bring Johnny Damon back if the price is right. It doesn't seem to matter that Damon only has one arm remaining.

Of course there are additional rumors of interest in other outfielders. But GM Brian Cashman is quick to point out that the Yankees have an outfielder named Gardner and there is no real pressing need to change that.

Sort of like Cashman being satisfied with Bubba Crosby as the center fielder.

Meanwhile, after watching an MLB Network show featuring Ricky Henderson, Gardner was quoted in his hometown newspaper, the Holly Hills, South Carolina Post Gazette that he intends to break Henderson's season record of 130 stolen bases.

The implication in the story is that Manager Joe Girardi is working on a deal with all other AL managers that would have them walk Gardner every time he comes to the plate so he can make a run at Henderson.