Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees agreed Sunday to a four-year contract worth $52 million.
The new pact starts in 2015 and includes a fifth-year club option for $12.5 million and a $2 million buyout. If traded, Gardner would receive $1 million.
‘‘It shows the level of confidence, belief, and trust, and the type of player and person he is,’’ Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. ‘‘We’re excited to know that he’s going to be a part of this team going forward. We’re a better team with Gardy on it, that’s the bottom line.”
Gardner has a $5.6 million, one-year contract for this season. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.
‘‘Free agency is something that, it kind of intrigued me, but it also kind of scared me,’’ Gardner said. ‘‘I've never been anywhere else. I love it here. I love putting on the pinstripes every day.’’
Cashman said talks about the contract started at the winter meetings in December.
The Yankees are moving Gardner to left field this year after the signing of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a $153 million, seven-year contract in December.
Gardner did have questions about his Yankees’ future after the Ellsbury signing.
‘‘When they signed Jacoby, your name gets thrown out in the trade rumors and all that,’’ Gardner said. ‘‘It’s kind of annoying, really. I didn’t want to get traded. I don’t want to go anywhere else, and I let them know that.’’
Gardner, 30, hit .273 last year with eight home runs, 52 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases.
Chacin shut down
Jhoulys Chacin, the Rockies’ top righthanded starter a year ago, was shut down Sunday because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.
‘‘I feel good about the fact that we caught it early,’’ manager Walt Weiss said. ‘‘He’s had it at times in the past. Not necessarily last year, but I think the year before. So we’re being really cautious with it. It’s the first day of camp, so we've got time on our side. We'll hope for the best, but I'm not overly concerned right now, just because it’s February.’’
Chacin, 26, had been limited with his throwing in the first few days of camp.
Matt Harrison concedes he likely won’t be ready to pitch for the Rangers by Opening Day. The lefthander, who hasn’t thrown in a week because of stiffness in his neck and back, just hopes things are different from last year. He was the Opening Day starter then, but made only one more start before needing two surgeries for a herniated disk in his back. “Kind of tradeoff from last year,’’ Harrison said. ‘‘Only making two and miss 30, and miss two and make 30, that would be nice.” . . . Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is set to play his first spring training game of his final season Thursday. Jeter is scheduled to play when the Yankees host Pittsburgh. Jeter said he is ‘‘pretty sure’’ that he will be also part of the squad that will play games against Miami on March 15-16 in Panama, the home of retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Asked whether he would make the trip, Jeter smiled and said, ‘‘What do you think?’’ . . . The new guidelines regarding home plate collisions will be out Monday, according to MLB executive vice president Joe Torre after wrapping up meetings with the 15 teams that conduct spring training in Florida.