The New York Yankees and outfielder Brett Gardner avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.85 million contract.
Under the incentives-laden deal, signed Friday, Gardner can make up to $150,000 in performance bonuses and earn additional money for reaching a series of at-bat targets in 2013 that range from 375 to 500.
Gardner was the Yankees' starting left fielder in 2011 and was the American League's co-leader in stolen bases that year with 49, but he had just 31 at-bats in 2012 due to a left elbow injury that kept him out of action from mid-April until the end of September.
He stole two bases in one game of this year's American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, but he went 0-for-8 at the plate as the Yankees were swept in four games.
Earlier this offseason, the Yankees reached one-year deals with starting pitcher Andy Pettitte and closer Mariano Rivera.
The Yankees' primary catcher in the 2012 season, Russell Martin, has departed after signing a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. EFE