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Yankees Hot Stove Rumors: Don’t let the Grandyman move to Queens

Curtis Granderson gave the New York Yankees the Heisman yesterday when he said no thank you to the $14.1 million qualifying offer that was on the table for the 2014 season.

Looking at the bigger picture, the 33-year old Grandyman will garner multi-year deals on the free agent market from other teams; so not accepting a one-year deal is the logical thing to do.

And if rumors are true, he might not even have to move, as according the New York Posts Mike Puma, the New York Mets are supposedly Granderson’s biggest suitors.

The Mets would love to meet with Granderson’s agent Matt Brown this week at the General Managers meetings down in Orlando if he is in attendance other wise it will be immediately following.

Losing Granderson to the Mets would be another dagger in Yankee Universe, and not a positive way to start the off-season. 

Granderson endured two broken hands in 2103, which kept him on the DL for the majority of last season and inevitably lowered his free agent stock. But since both injuries can be chalked up to bad luck, his overall health is not that concerning.

In my opinion the Yankees letting Granderson walk is a big mistake because the team’s biggest weakness in 2013 was a lack of offensive power.

Granderson has hit 115 homers over his four years in the Bronx, as Yankee Stadium’s short right porch looks made-to-order for his swing.

Here are Granderson’s batting stats from 2010 – 2013. Please note that last season he only played in 61 games, so don’t take that into account as much.

(All stats come courtesy of baseball-refernce.com)

Curtis Granderson - Batting Stats - 2010-2013
Year
Age
Tm
Lg
G
PA
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
SB
CS
BB
SO
BA
OBP
SLG
OPS
OPS+
TB
201029NYYAL136528466761151772467122531160.2470.3240.4680.792108218
201130NYYAL1566915831361532610411192510851690.2620.3640.5520.916142322
201231NYYAL16068459610213818443106103751950.2320.3190.4920.811115293
201332NYYAL6124521431491327158227690.2290.3170.4070.7239787

Many Yankees fans whine about Granderson’s alarmingly high strikeout numbers and diminishing batting average, but his 40+ homers, 100+ RBIs and runs make up for that especially on the now offensively anemic Yankees.

Now the question remains will the Mets lure the Grandyman to Queens, and make his new home Citi Field

Well, looking at Granderson’s home run landing spots from 2012, the Amazins’ would be losing about 25% of his biggest asset because of Citi Fields dimensions.

Just take at Granderson’s “true” landing spots at both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, courtesy of ESPN’s Home Run Tracker.

Granderson - Home Run Landing Spots - Citi Field - 2012 - courtesy of ESPN.

Granderson – Home Run Landing Spots – Citi Field – 2012 – courtesy of ESPN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Granderson - Home Run Landing Spots - Yankee Stadium - 2012 - courtesy of ESPN.

Granderson – Home Run Landing Spots – Yankee Stadium – 2012 – courtesy of ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These charts clearly show that Granderson could lose 10+ homers in Citi Field, which is a quarter of his power. And mind you, Granderson has spent his entire career in the American League, and playing in the National League, where the pitching is known to be tougher could factor in as well.

Bottom line is resigning Granderson makes a lot more sense for the Yankees, not only just offensively, but a starting outfield with him, Alfonso Soriano and Bret Gardner is a solid trio.

Also, being a good man off the field is becoming a rarity in pro sports theses days, and Garnderson’s character is as solid as they come.

 

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One Comment

  1. Tom says:

    Your getting ahead of yourself. The FA dance just started so Grandy in CITI is far from a done deal. Yes he's productive, but I'd be just as happy with Cho or Beltran.