Free-agent OF Curtis Granderson is considering whether to accept the Yankees qualifying offer of $14.1 million for 2014 (McCarron, Daily News, Nov.5).
Granderson played in just 61 games last season. He hit 40 home runs each of the previous two seasons with the Yankees.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
There are teams interested in Granderson, including the White Sox, and I assume the Mets will be among them. The buzz in baseball indicates he’ll likely be offered a three- or four-year deal. However, it will be for less than $14.1 million a season. So, he could turn down the long-term guarentee, accept the qualifying offer from the Yankees, hope to stay healthy and pad his stats in the Bronx, then maybe sign a long-term deal next winter. It’s an interesting gamble…
Michael Baron, Contributor
I’m a little surprised the Yankees extended an offer to Granderson. According to CBS Sports, they were a bit hesitant to do so. I wouldn’t be surprised if he accepts the one-year offer from the Yankees. It’ll be difficult for him to get the deal he seeks this winter now that he’ll cost a draft pick. If he accepts, he can try to hit the market on a higher note next winter.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Granderson is an interesting player. He’s hit for power, if not high average, which is unsurprising in the snug Yankee Stadium, but his home/away splits suggest he’s capable of good offensive production elsewhere. He strikes out a lot, but draws a good number of walks. He will also steal a few bases a year, which would fit well with the Mets’ aggressive approach on the basepaths.
It’s hard to say what to expect from Granderson defensively. His defensive metrics have been poor for the last few years, but for his career he has been a net positive in the field. A move to left field would be ideal for him, as his mediocre range and middling arm would play well there.