Monday, July 29, 2013
Yanks adding another bat?
By Jason Catania
Having just traded for Alfonso Soriano, the New York Yankees are on the verge of getting some more offensive help.
In this case, the addition would be of the non-trade variety, as the club is hoping to get Curtis Granderson, who's recovering from a fractured left pinkie finger, back to the lineup soon.
Granderson is moving his rehab assignment to Double-A Trenton on Tuesday, per Mark Feinsand of the Daily News.
If all goes well over the next few days, Granderson could actually make it back to the Yankees by the weekend, according to Roger Rubin, Feinsand's colleague.
In addition to Soriano, who had a homer and the game-winning hit in his first contest back in the Bronx, the Yankees also just got shortstop Derek Jeter back -- he homered on the first pitch he saw after missing a couple weeks with a quad strain -- so to bring Granderson into the fold would be a third key stick into an offense that has been starving for help.
Granderson has suffered two separate hit-by-pitch injuries to his hands/wrists, which have cost him all but eight games. The timing of what has been to this point a lost season is unfortunate for Granderson, who is a free agent at season's end. The likelihood that the 32-year-old two-time 40-homer, 100-RBI outfielder will get many multi-year, big-money offers over the winter has decreased significantly.
Where things could get interesting, then, is how Granderson approaches the strong possibility of the Yankees presenting him with a qualifying offer -- essentially a one-year deal for around $14 million. If Granderson were to reject it and sign elsewhere, New York would be able to land draft-pick compensation; and if he were to sign it, Granderson's goal would be to come back healthy and productive in 2014 and re-enter the free agent market the following offseason.