Ichiro gives the Yankees options

December, 10, 2012
12/10/12
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With the Yankees on the verge of signing Ichiro Suzuki, they now have options. They have listened to offers for Curtis Granderson and, if they find one to their liking, could deal him.

This could raise the tantalizing possibility of making a late run at Josh Hamilton. It really doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility, depending on if you think Hamilton can handle New York or not.

Here is the simple question: Would you rather have four years of Josh Hamilton or five years, beginning next season, of Curtis Granderson? Granted, Hamilton's average annual salary would be larger than Granderson's, but he also potentially could be much more productive inside Yankee Stadium.

If you want to take it a step further: Would you rather have Hamilton on a four-year, $100 million contract or Robinson Cano on an eight-year, $180 million deal?

Now, as we stated before, if you really wanted to maximize your assets, you could trade Granderson for prospects, sign Hamilton and then figure out Cano next winter.

The Yankees may just stick with Granderson, but with Ichiro almost in the fold, they have options.

QUESTION: What do you want the Yankees' outfield to look like?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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