Re-Sign or Let Him Walk: Curtis Granderson
Curtis Granderson had a rough 2013 season, missing the majority of the season after suffering a pair of freak injuries. He fractured his right forearm after being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of spring training, he finally returned to action in May, only to play eight games before breaking his left pinkie when he was hit by another pitch.
Granderson was in the midst of a contract year, and it’s unlikely that the injuries will hurt his value on the free-agent market, mostly because these aren’t chronic injuries that you can expect to come back. They are things that happen as a result of playing the great game of baseball. If anything, it hurt his chances at possibly getting a multi-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Even though there are still a couple games left in the World Series and free-agency won’t begin until five days after its conclusion, there a handful of rumors about the teams that will likely be lining up this winter for Granderson’s services. The Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox have all been linked to the power outfielder over the past few weeks.
Though missing most of the 2013 season might not help him a lot as a free-agent, he is still able to market the fact that he was the major league leader in home runs from 2011-2012 with a combined 84 dingers. Grandson’s agent will also be quick to point out that 17 of his 41 home runs in 2012 came on the road and five of his seven bombs this year were also away from the Bronx in hopes to shoot down concern about inflated power numbers from playing home games at Yankee Stadium.
Decision: Give him a qualifying-offer, then go from there. The qualifying-offer is for one-year and is expected to be in the range of $14.1 million this season. At that price, Granderson would seem pretty much worth it. A lot of recent comments from Granderson and his agent suggest that Grandy would accept the offer should the Yankees present the offer to him, but his agent also made it seem like his client could first test the open market before making a decision.
If Granderson doesn’t accept the offer, which he will only have five days to make a decision, the Yankees will be awarded a draft pick compensation if he signs with another team. Also, if he accepts the qualifying-offer, then the Yankees would have four outfielders under contract for 2014 and essentially have no room to go out and sign a guy like Carlos Beltran.
Yes, Granderson will strikeout a lot but he is still a guy with a ton of pop. After the drop-off in power the Yankees experienced in 2013, it would be hard for the Yankees to let a power bat walk away.
Gavin Ewbank covers the Yankees for Baseball Hot Corner. Follow him on Twitter, @GavinEwbank2013.