Brett Gardner's 2011 Stats in Majors:
.259/.345/.369, .713OPS, 7HR, 36RBI, 93K, 60BB, 49SB
David Phelps' 2011 Stats in Triple-A:
114.1IP, 7-7, 2.99ERA, 1.28WHIP, 95K, 27BB
Miguel Sano's 2011 Stats in Rookie League:
.292/.352/.637, .988OPS, 20HR, 59RBI, 77K, 23BB, 5SB
Adrian Salcedo in Single-A:
135.0IP, 6-6, 2.93ERA, 1.17WHIP, 92K, 27BB
It may seem odd that the Yankees would trade Brett Gardner. But with Curtis Granderson, Matt Kemp and Yoennis Cespedes in the outfield, Gardner becomes the odd man out.
Gardner is a terror on the basepaths and has elite defense, but he is a liability at the plate and by Opening Day 2013 he will be 29 years old. At that age Gardner's value will be at an all-time high because his speed will soon start to deteriorate, along with his defense (see Carl Crawford).
In return the Yankees would get a good pitching prospect and one of the best third base prospects in the majors in Michael Sano. Sano is an 18-year-old third baseman from the Dominican Republic, just finished up his first season in Rookie League and is ranked as the No. 2 third base prospect in the majors by MLB.com. He, along with Dante Bichette Jr. and Cito Culver, would be the eventual replacements for Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
Yankees Get: Miguel Sano and Adrian Salcedo
Twins Get: Brett Gardner and David Phelps