Granderson: I'm open to play for anyone

November, 5, 2013
11/05/13
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If we have learned anything from Curtis Granderson's time in New York, it's that he is a genial guy who is not to one to make declarative statements. So when he was asked on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM by hosts Jim Memolo and Todd Hollandsworth this morning about accepting the Yankees' qualifying offer, Granderson did his usual dance, but he tipped his hand slightly.

Granderson has until Monday to accept the $14.1 million one-year deal from the Yankees. If not, he can sign with anyone, including the Yankees.

“Well, it’s definitely something you’ve got to think about and I appreciate the Yankees extending that offer to me," Granderson said. "You definitely got to continue to weigh all your options to see what’s the best fit for you. Is it doing something like you said, the qualifying offer and going back out there again, or seeing what else is out there? You know, there are 29 other ballclubs out there and we’re now at a point where every team has the chance to be a contender here in the near future. The days of 'I don’t want to play for those teams' are kind of over with now, which is a great thing for baseball and fans in general. Because everybody’s got an opportunity to step up, surprise you, get things going, their minor league systems are great, and have a chance to win.”

Translation: He appreciates the offer, but he will likely turn it down. We think he will do as we wrote on Monday.

On SiriusXM, Granderson was asked whether he wants to play in Chicago. North Side? South Side?

“You know what’s crazy?" Granderson said. "A lot of people have been asking me, ‘Has the media been talking to you a lot about it?’ I go, ‘Being out in the community here in Chicago now, that’s my big question amongst just fans. ‘Hey, are you coming home?’ And then the big question is ‘Which home, Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox?’ I’m excited that there is interest and there’s buzz and people are willing and excited to see what I’m going to do. But the process is here, it’s underway, and just excited to see how it is all going to happen. I’ve enjoyed my time with New York and we’ve got to see what’s going to happen there first but I’m open for everything. Let’s just see how it is all going to end up happening and see what happens with the Yankees first.”

QUESTION: Do you want Granderson back in the Bronx?
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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