The Yankees finally finalized their deal with Brett Gardner and to make room on the roster, DFA’d Stephen Tarpley.
Tarpley pitched in 31 games for the Yankees (2018-2019), going 1-0, 5.88, ERA+ 76. The lefty turns 27 in a few weeks.
He was 0-0, 3.00 in 10 games in 2018 and 1-0, 6.93 in 21 games in 2019 with 2 saves. He has pitched 33 2/3 total innings in the majors. He had one start as the “opener” in 2019. He does have 47 K, but 21 walks in those 33 2/3 IP.
He pitched in one postseason game in 2018, giving up 3 runs in 1 IP.
As for Gardner, he is expected to spend time along with Mike Tauchman in CF until Aaron Hicks comes back. A career Yankee, Gardner turns 37 next August and is coming off a 2019 that saw career highs in HR (28) RBI (74) and slugging average, OPS and adjusted OPS (117). His 162 game average for his career is .260-13-57, 29 SB and an OPS+ of 101 (100 is average). At his age, Gardner will need to be managed carefully by Aaron Boone to make sure that Gardner stays fresh.
With CC Sabathia having retired, Gardner is the elder statesman and a key leader on the team providing a lot of veteran experience and leadership.