The 37-year outfielder and New York agreed Friday to a $4 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement, first reported by the MLB Network, was subject to a successful physical. The deal includes player and team options for 2022.
Gardner is the last player remaining from the Yankees’ last World Series title in 2009.
He had a one-year contract for 2020 with a $2 million signing bonus and a $10 million salary that became $2,962,963 in prorated pay, A fan favourite, he became a free agent after the Yankees declined a $10 million option, triggering a $2.5 million buyout.
Gardner hit .223 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 130 at-bats last year after reaching career-best totals of 28 homers and 74 RBIs in 2019 to go along with a .251 average.
“Obviously, he’s been a great Yankee, but we’ll just see how things unfold here,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday at spring training in Tampa, Florida.