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Yankees decline Brett Gardner’s option, re-sign him to one-year deal

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On Wednesday, the Yankees announced that the club declined outfielder Brett Gardner‘s 2019 club option for $12.5 million. Instead, the club re-signed him to a new one-year deal. Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the new contract is for $7.5 million.

Gardner, 35, just completed the worst offensive season of his career, batting .236/.322/.368 with 12 home runs, 45 RBI, 95 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 609 plate appearances. He still played above-average defense.

Based on the Yankees’ current roster construction, Gardner will return as the starting left fielder next season with Aaron Hicks in center, Aaron Judge in right, and Giancarlo Stanton at DH.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.