The New York Yankees could not avoid arbitration with left fielder Brett Gardner and catcher Russell Martin.
Martin's departure from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010, the team he had played for from 2006-2010, was over salary. Martin thought he was worth more than the Dodgers' offer of $4.2 million. Rather than face arbitration, the Dodgers let Martin become a free agent (via LA Times) and he signed with the Yankees. This is Gardner's first arbitration opportunity.
Gardner hit .259 last season with 7 home runs, 36 RBI. He had a career-high 49 stolen bases. Martin hit .237 for Yankees last year with 18 home runs and 65 RBI and made his third All-Star game.