June 23, 2021

The Yankees roster casualty of Brett Gardner’s new contract (New York Post)

Left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley is the odd man out with the Yankees officially re-signing Brett Gardner to a one-year, $12 million contract on Saturday.

To make room for Gardner on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated the Tarpley for assignment, they announced.

The 26-year-old reliever likely wouldn’t have factored into the Yankees’ loaded bullpen this coming season after going 1-0 in 21 games (24.2 innings), with a 6.93 ERA last year.

While the terms of Gardner’s deal were undisclosed, The Post in December reported his contract includes a $10 million option for 2021 as well as a $2.5 million buyout.

In 141 games last season, the 36-year-old Yankees lifer posted career highs in home runs (28), RBIs (74) and OPS (.829). Gardner will likely start to begin next season with center fielder Aaron Hicks out at the least until June following Tommy John surgery.

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