Yankees Notebook: Yanks Ask About Phillips, Granderson News
The New York Yankees extended a qualifying offer to Robinson Cano on Monday, and it’s almost 100 percent likely that he’ll reject and seek the monster contract that he has been said to be seeking. He has reportedly asked the Yankees for 10-years, $305 million.
On the off-chance that he and the Yankees can’t come to an agreement, and they’re said to be nearly $160 million apart on the asking price compared to what the Yanks are willing to pay, leaving Cano no other chance then to pack his bags and leave New York, the Bombers are going to need someone else to fill the massive hole he would be leaving at second base.
Phillips hit .261 with 103 RBI for the Reds in 2013. He still has $50 million left over four years on a six-year, $72.5 million.
Obviously with the steep price you can expect any rumors about Phillips and the Yankees to die completely. We all know that the farm system isn’t strong enough for the Yankees to get an all-star, Gold Glove second baseman like Phillips.
In case you missed it, the Yankees have also contacted Omar Infante, second baseman for the Detroit Tigers about the possibility of him coming to New York. The NY Post first reported that news.
The Grandy Man can, go anywhere he wants?
The Yankees made a smart decision, in my opinion, on Monday to extend a qualifying offer to free agent slugger Curtis Granderson, as well as Cano and Hiroki Kuroda, and now Granderson will have until 5 p.m. EST on November 11th to decide if he wants to stay with the Yankees and play in the Bronx on a one year deal worth $14.1 million in 2014.
Granderson was on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, talking to Jim Memolo and Todd Hollandsworth, and he didn’t directly say much to indicate what he plans on doing this winter, but he did give a little hint.
[quote]Well, it’s definitely something you’ve got to think about and I appreciate the Yankees extending that offer to me. You definitely got to continue to weigh all your options to see what’s the best fit for you. Is it doing something like you said, the qualifying offer and going back out there again, or seeing what else is out there? You know, there are 29 other ball clubs out there and we’re now at a point where every team has the chance to be a contender here in the near future. The days of ‘I don’t want to play for those teams’ are kind of over with now, which is a great thing for baseball and fans in general. Because everybody’s got an opportunity to step up, surprise you, get things going, their minor league systems are great, and have a chance to win[/quote]
Granderson was also asked his thoughts on the possibility of coming home to play with either the Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox.
[quote]You know what’s crazy?A lot of people have been asking me, ‘Has the media been talking to you a lot about it?’ I go, ‘Being out in the community here in Chicago now, that’s my big question amongst just fans. ‘Hey, are you coming home?’ And then the big question is ‘Which home, Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox?’ I’m excited that there is interest and there’s buzz and people are willing and excited to see what I’m going to do. But the process is here, it’s underway, and just excited to see how it is all going to happen. I’ve enjoyed my time with New York and we’ve got to see what’s going to happen there first but I’m open for everything. Let’s just see how it is all going to end up happening and see what happens with the Yankees first[/quote]
While Granderson has expressed a lot of interest in the past about staying on the Bronx, most of what he said on the radio, coupled with some things that his agent has said, sounds like Granderson plans on declining the qualifying-offer that the Yankees gave him, then test the market to see what other teams are willing offer him.
Gavin Ewbank covers the Yankees for Baseball Hot Corner. Follow him on Twitter, @GavinEwbank2013.