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Yankees sign Gardner, three pitchers

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The New York Yankees avoided arbitration with four players, including outfielder Brett Gardner and three pitchers, by signing them to one-year contracts, the team announced Friday.

Besides Gardner, the Yankees signed right-handers Shawn Kelley, Ivan Nova and David Robertson.

The Yankees also gave outfielder Vernon Wells his unconditionally release.

Gardner, 30, will earn $5.6 million, according to the New York Post. He hit .273 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs in 145 games last season and figures to be a starting outfielder for the Yankees next season.

Robertson, 28, will get $5.215 million, according to the Post report. He is expected to succeed Mariano Rivera as the team's closer. Robertson was 5-1 with a 2.04 ERA and three saves in 70 relief appearances in 2013.

Kelley, 27, will receive $1.765 million after going 4-2 with a 4.39 ERA in 57 relief appearances last season.

Nova, 27, will get $3.3 million. He went 9-6 with a 3.10 ERA in 23 games, including 20 starts, last season for the Yankees.
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