Market Watch: Curtis Granderson

November, 4, 2013
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This winter will be a tumultuous one for the Yankees with a lot of new faces expected to be brought in and old ones to depart. To keep up with it all in the blog, we will track each of the players the Yankees are trying to keep or pursue in a feature we call Market Watch.

The Yankees made Curtis Granderson the $14.1 million qualifying offer, guaranteeing they will receive a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of next year's if he turns it down to sign elsewhere.

He should, and I have indications that he will. In our original Market Watch on Granderson, we went into some of the reasons why after speaking with his agent, Matt Brown.

Despite missing 101 games in 2013 because he kept breaking bones, Granderson, who turns 33 in March, can market himself as the best power-hitting, left-handed hitting outfielder in the 2013 free agent class. Brown is quick to point out that Granderson's 84 homers were the most in baseball the previous two years.

To those who say Granderson is a Yankee Stadium creation, Brown quickly counters that nearly 40 percent (37) of those 84 long balls were hit on the road.

“He’s probably the best guy in all of baseball, as a human being,” Brown said. “Plus, he can run.”


Granderson would be accepting a pay cut if he took the one-year qualifying offer. That makes no sense when he can go into the market and drive up the price with the good chance that he can get a multi-year deal.

I know a lot of fans are down on Granderson because of his strikeouts and that is fair. But Brown made a pretty compelling case when you compare Granderson to the other top outfielders on the market.

Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury are more reliant on their legs and figure to cost more money than Granderson will. While Carlos Beltran, 37 next season, is an enticing short-term option, he still must be considered a major injury risk, despite his good health the last two seasons.

Granderson missed most of last year, but they were freak injuries -- broken bones -- that really should have no impact in 2014. Granderson knows all this, which is why I would be shocked if he doesn't turned down the qualifier and try for a deal that is in the three- or four-year range for $45-$60M.

MORE READING: Spend Hal's Money: Curtis Granderson

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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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