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Report: Yankees open to trading Gardner, Headley

Adam Hunger / USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees used to be the ones doing most of the buying during free agency, but things appear to have changed.

So far during the offseason, the Bronx Bombers have been named in numerous reports as a club interested in trading away pieces rather than securing them, and two more names appear to be on their list of available players.

With catcher Brian McCann already being mentioned as a potential trade chip, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the club is also open to moving outfielder Brett Gardner and third baseman Chase Headley.

Gardner, the longest-serving Yankees player left in the organization, has spent his entire nine-year career in New York.

The 33-year-old posted his lowest OPS (.713) since 2011 this past season, but did manage to win a Gold Glove, the first of his career.

Gardner - who tied for the AL lead in stolen bases in 2011 - can still swipe a bag, too, successfully stealing 16-of-20 bases last year.

He is attached, however, to a contract valued at $12.5 million this coming season, $11.5 million in 2018, which also includes a team option for $12.5 million in 2019.

Headley, 32, hit .253/.331/.385 with the Yankees across 140 games, including 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. The one-time Silver Slugger once hit 115 RBIs for the San Diego Padres in 2012.

His defense did improve during his second full campaign with the Yankees, posting a plus-7 in defensive runs saved.

Headley is on the books for $26 million over the next two seasons.

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