After the Yankees 9-8 win today over the Pirates, manager Joe Girardi announced that Brett Gardner had landed the starting job for center field. Girardi explained why he ultimately chose “Gardy” as he calls him over Melky Cabrera –
“Both of them played great. Melky had a tough year last year but he came into camp, was ready to go and played very well. Gardy finished up strong (last season) and had a great camp and we’re just going to go with Gardy.”
“What happens April 6 doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what’s going to be June 1. As players, you have to perform. But right now we think Gardy has a little bit of an edge,” Girardi said. “It’s not going to be day by day. Gardy is our center fielder.”
Cabrera is out of minor league options. He will be the Yankees’ fifth outfielder and trade bait. More likely the later. The Yankees are more inclined to keep Cabrera until A-Rod comes back and by then, the bench will be too deep.
This was a good decision on Girardi’s part. We need Pena and Gardner manning the bases. We have not had the speed we have been lacking for years, so I believe this helps give the Yankees the speed they need, especially with Gardner batting behind a sure-fire Derek Jeter.