Red Sox vs the AL East: left fielders

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Sep 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a sacrifice RBI during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2. Brett Gardner, Yankees

Gardner signed a 4 year/$52M contract with the Yankees before last season and he lived up to the billing with another solid season in New York. In 148 games, he slashed .256/.327/.422 with a career-high 17 home runs, hitting for far more power than ever before (his .166 isolated power last season dwarfs his career mark of .110). Gardner, now 31 years old, is also regarded as one of the better defensive left fielders in baseball and, though his defensive success has been limited in recent seasons, he is still an asset in the field. He should continue to hit at the top of the lineup and post solid numbers for the Yankees for the foreseeable future.