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Posted: Friday December 7, 2012 3:32PM ; Updated: Friday December 7, 2012 7:15PM

For $2.8M, Gardner avoids arbitration with Yanks

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Brett Gardner
Brett Gardner had just 31 at-bats in 2012 because of an elbow injury.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Speedy outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $2.85 million contract that avoids salary arbitration.

Gardner can earn $150,000 in performance bonuses under Friday's deal: $25,000 each for 375, 400, 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.

Gardner was limited to 31 at-bats last season because of a right elbow injury that sidelined him from mid-April until late September. He made $2.8 million.

New York also announced infielder Jayson Nix cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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