Tag:Brett Gardner
Posted on: June 16, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 5:11 pm

Yankees might be set in OF after all

Nick Swisher If you're like me, you stay up nights worrying about how to save the Yankees money.

Well, sleep tight, says Joel Sherman of the New York Post -- the Bombers might not have to pop for a big-money outfielder next winter after all if their current outfield keeps playing like this.

It has been assumed that the Yankees will add free-agents-to-be Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth to their Big Box O' All-Stars (hey, why not buy both?), but at the moment they have one of the better outfields in the American League.

Nick Swisher (.245 career average, now batting .301) is playing out of his mind, having his best season in virtually every statistical category. Curtis Granderson's numbers aren't great, but he's showed signs (a .978 OPS in May). Brett Gardner (.322 batting average, 22 steals) has given them more than they expected.

Tuesday night, the trio drove in the first four runs in an 8-3 victory over Yankee-killer Roy Halladay and the Phillies.

"I definitely do not think we are short in the outfield," hitting coach Kevin Long told the Post.

The question is, do the Yankees believe this level of play is sustainable for their current outfielders? If they do -- and there's a lot of season left before they have to make the call -- they might wonder how much improvement Crawford or Werth would bring with their huge pricetags.

-- David Andriesen

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