The CF Battle
Gardner has been on fire throughout spring training hitting .500 through 26 ABs including three that went out of the park. What I like about Gardner is that he's the perfect #9 hitter. He is essentially a second lead off guy and if he can get on base then he can provide speed - genuine speed - something that the Yankees have been lacking in recent years.
The alternative is Melky Cabrera who has never really fulfilled the tab of CF of the future. A player with limited power and poor plate discipline who whilst providing a good glove isn't what the Yankees have been looking for.
Gardner provides the club with a bit of spark and energy. If Gardner can get on 200+ plus times in a season then he'll do damage. With the CF winner being tabbed for the #9 spot then they'll be hitting ahead of Johnny Damon, a pesky hitter who makes contact. Gardner on base and Damon at the plate, sounds like a recipe for a lot of 1sts and 3rds to me for that clutch SS that wears the #2.
So even though we are only half-way through ST, for me Brett Gardner has already all but won the starting job.