Gardner Takes It

Brett Gardner has won the centerfield job.  I don’t know if Gardner is going to hit enough, but he has more potential than Cabrera and his speed is an element the Yankees haven’t had in recent years.  It should be a lot of fun to watch him play.  If Gardner hits enough the Yankees could have an outfield of Austin Jackson-Gardner and Swisher in 2010, but that is a discussion for another day.

For now, the announcement means we really only have two questions left to be answered.  First, who is the seventh arm in the bullpen and second, who is the backup infielder?  I talked about the former issue earlier today.  As for the infielder question, as much as I love Ramiro Pena’s glove, I wonder if he would be better served by playing fulltime in the minors.  One thing’s for sure, Pena has really opened some eyes this spring and his performance may finally give the Yankees a chance to talk seriously about moving Jeter off of short. 

The games count a week from tomorrow, I can’t wait.