Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Pivotal month for Granderson
By Doug Mittler
The free agent class of the New York Yankees extends beyond superstar second baseman Robinson Cano.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post takes a look at the Yankees who will have to be re-signed or replaced in 2014, a group that includes outfielder Curtis Granderson. It has been an injury-plagued season for the 32-year-old Granderson, who has played in just 37 games this season and is hitting .270/.384/.426.
The Yankees will likely make Granderson a qualifying offer, believed to be just short of $14 million. Whether Granderson accepts could hinge on his performance over the next few weeks or into October, if the Yankees make it that far. A big September could prompt Granderson, who is making $15 million this year, more inclined to test the free agent waters.
As for possible suitors, maybe Granderson considers a move across town to the New York Mets, who could use some outfield help.
ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney has more on Granderson in his early look at free agency:
Buster OlneyAn Early Look at Free Agency
"Through no fault of his own -- he’s been hurt twice this year after being hit by pitches -- Granderson just hasn’t had a chance to put up big numbers. But he is performing well for the Yankees this year, and if New York somehow plays its way into the postseason, that’ll give him one last opportunity to show something for potential bidders. Granderson will be 33 years old at the start of the 2014 season."