Curtis Granderson Interests Chicago White Sox
This winter, the Chicago White Sox will have a lot of rebuilding to do coming off a terrible last place finish in the AL Central, finishing 63-99 after nearly winning the division one year before. Next season is expected to be another rebuilding year for the White Sox, and according to reports, the Sox are planning to make a hard push as New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, who will be a free-agent this offseason.
As a power bat that will strike out often, Granderson isn’t a player that will be a massive game-changer for the White Sox in 2014, but he could be someone that Chicago might be able to flip at the trading deadline in July assuming his value is high and the Sox are again out of contention.
With players like Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and even manager Joe Girardi becoming free-agents this winter, the Yankees find themselves in a tough position on whether to resign the 32-year-old to a deal that would likely just be a qualifying-offer for one-year, $14 million.
Granderson, who has been one of the top homerun hitters in the league for the past couple of seasons, is expecting to be able to cash in this offseason. However, Granderson was only able to play in 61 games this season after suffering a couple of freak injuries when he fractured his forearm in his first at-bat of Spring Training before breaking his right pinkie in only eight games into his return from the DL.
Because of the long stints he spent on the DL, Granderson was never really able to get on a roll offensively for the Yankees, hitting just .229 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs, while striking out 69 times.
If Granderson doesn’t accept a qualifying-offer from the Yankees, should the team offer him one, then the White Sox are most likely not the only team that would be going after him. It’s been rumored that the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, among others, would make a run at the all-star outfielder.
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