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Yankees, Brett Gardner agree to extension

TAMPA — OF Brett Gardner and the Yankees agreed Sunday to a four-year contract worth $52 million.

The new pact starts in 2015 and includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million and a $2 million buyout. If traded, Gardner would receive $1 million.

"It shows the level of confidence, belief and trust, and the type of player and person he is," GM Brian Cashman said. "We're excited to know that he's going to be a part of this team going forward."

Gardner has a $5.6 million, one-year contract for this season. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

"Free agency is something that, it kind of intrigued me, but it also kind of scared me," Gardner said. "I've never been anywhere else. I love it here. I love putting on the pinstripes every day."

Gardner, 30, hit .273 with a .344 on-base percentage and a .416 slugging percentage last season and stole 24 bases. An excellent defender, he'll move from center to left to accommodate free agent Jacoby Ellsbury.

JETER'S DEBUT: SS Derek Jeter is set to play his first spring game of his final season at 1:05 p.m. Thursday against the Pirates at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

Phillies: Coaching bug

CLEARWATER — Retirement is not keeping Roy Halladay away from baseball. He's in Phillies camp as a guest instructor for a few weeks this spring.

"I love being here," the two-time Cy Young winner said. "I definitely want to keep doing it."

Halladay, 36, sounds as if he would like to parlay his spring work into a second career as a coach.

"I think maybe this first year (after playing) I want to make sure that I get to spend the time that I want with my boys and my wife, and that's my priority," said Halladay, who retired from a 16-year career in December. "Once I see how things work, yeah, I'd love to continue to do it, and if I have more time, do more."

Blue Jays: Oh Canada!

DUNEDIN — Brett Lawrie can claim bragging rights inside the Blue Jays clubhouse.

The Toronto third baseman celebrated Team Canada's 3-0 win against Sweden to capture its second straight Olympic gold medal in men's hockey.

Lawrie, the lone Canadian-born player on Toronto's roster, said he couldn't watch the entire game because of spring training. But the native of Langley, British Columbia, made sure he received score updates. "It was exciting," he said. "I probably would have been a little more excited if I watched the full game. But every time I'd peek back (at the TV) and we just kept going up another goal, another goal. It's very positive and, obviously, Canada is very pumped up about it, too."

Blue Jays

Games: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: (727) 733-0429; bluejays.com

Workouts: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Bobby Mattick Training Center, 1700 Solon Ave., Dunedin

Spring opener: Wednesday at Phillies, 1:05

Phillies

Games: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Tickets: (727) 467-4457; phillies.com

Workouts: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Carpenter Complex, adjacent to Bright House Field

Spring opener: Wednesday vs. Blue Jays, 1:05

Yankees

Games: Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Dale Mabry), Tampa

Tickets: (813) 879-2244, yankees.com

Workouts: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Steinbrenner Field

Spring opener: Wednesday at Pirates, 1:05

Yankees, Brett Gardner agree to extension 02/23/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:28pm]

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