Gardner, Yanks agree to 1-year deal

Speedy outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have

agreed to a $2.85 million, one-year contract that avoids salary

arbitration.

Gardner can earn $150,000 in performance bonuses under Friday’s

deal: $25,000 each for 375, 400, 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate

appearances.

Gardner was limited to 31 at-bats last season because of a right

elbow injury that sidelined him from mid-April until late

September. He made $2.8 million.

New York also announced infielder Jayson Nix cleared waivers and

was sent outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.