Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Market Watch: Curtis Granderson
By Andrew Marchand
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 are expected to offer Curtis Granderson the one-year qualifying offer of $14.1 million.
"He is going to have to look real hard at that," Granderson's agent, Matt Brown, told ESPNNewYork.com. "At the same time, it is his first chance to be a free agent. He is open to anything. If he is offered the qualifying offer, he would look long and hard at that.”
Granderson will look hard at it and then he will turn it down. Out of respect for the Yankees and the process, Brown would not say that. The Yankees have not made the offer -- they are expected to do so after the World Series concludes -- so Brown is going to keep the options open. But, at the end of the day, there are too many reasons for Granderson to test the market.
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 part as a human being,” Brown said. “Plus, he can run.”
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So Granderson is going to test the market where he should be able to receive a three or four year deal at around the $15M per year.
The more you think about it, if Robinson Cano were to leave, then the Yankees would have to hope that Granderson would still be out there because left-handed hitting power is hard to find. Despite my initial impulse, a case can be made that he is a better fit than Choo or Ellsbury for the Yankees. Plus, though, Beltran has stayed healthy for a couple of years, there is a Yankee concern that the bill could come due soon.
Granderson also has proven he can handle the Bronx. Brown reiterated that Granderson loves playing in New York.