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Market Watch: Life after Granderson

11/11/2013

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.

Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson

#14 CF
New York Yankees

2013 STATS

  • GM61
  • HR7

  • RBI15

  • R31

  • OBP.317

  • AVG.229

As expected, Curtis Granderson has officially turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer. So what happens after Granderson? Well, he is still a possibility to return, as the Yankees could sign him to a multiyear deal, but he is not their first choice.

Right now, they have Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano, Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki.

They also have Zoilo Almonte on the 40-man roster and they just signed Antoan Richardson, according to our own Jerry Crasnick. Richardson is a fourth-outfielder type.

But it seems likely the Yankees will add a big-time outfielder by the end of winter. If they don't, it will be Gardner in center, Soriano in left and Wells and Ichiro platooning in right. So let's go to the ESPNNewYork.com Big Board and rank the candidates, from those who are most likely to wind up in pinstripes to those who are possible, but not as likely.

1. Carlos Beltran: Beltran, who will be 37 next year, would be a guy who could play right field and DH. He has wanted to be a Yankee in the past, and the team likes the shorter terms he will likely receive compared to some of the younger outfielders.

Spend Hal's Money: Beltran

2. Shin-Soo Choo: Choo, 31, is a high on-base guy whom many think would play well at Yankee Stadium. He is going to be a big outlay because he is relatively young. With Scott Boras as his agent, he may be on the market for a long time, so he still could be available when the Yankees find out in late December or January whether Alex Rodriguez's money is coming off the books.

Spend Hal's Money: Choo

3. Granderson: He is arguably the best power guy of the group. There are no questions about whether he can handle New York. If healthy, he might turn out to be the best of the bunch. The Yankees would have loved it if he had taken the one-year qualifier.

Spend Hal's Money: Granderson

4. Jacoby Ellsbury: He is probably too much like Gardner, whom the Yankees may have to pay next offseason when he becomes a free agent.

Spend Hal's Money: Ellsbury

5. Nelson Cruz: In light of the A-Rod circus, not sure the Yankees would want another Biogenesis All-Star.

Spend Hal's Money: Cruz

6. Marlon Byrd: If they strike out on everyone else, maybe Byrd becomes an option. He had a good year, but I think the Yankees would want to get a more proven player.