The Yankees have a nice problem to solve, with at least two players in camp capable of serving as the Opening Day center fielder. On his first morning suiting up, Granderson said that he would be fine if the course of the spring caused him to patrol left field instead.
“People forget that I came up as a left fielder,” Granderson said after a workout at the club’s complex. “In the Minor Leagues all the way up to Double-A, I didn’t start playing center field consistently until my second year in the Minors. Even when I came to the big leagues, I played a few games in left. I have no problem going back over there if that happens to be.” (source)
I love the idea of using Granderson in left and Brett Gardner in center for two reasons. One, Gardner is a much better defensive player; he takes better routes, has better range and a very good arm. He recorded three assists and a 7.2 UZR in 99 games played in center field last season. Meanwhile, Granderson posted a 1.6 UZR and had four assists in 160 games. Gardner is simply the superior defender, which makes him better suited for center field.
The second reason is stupid, but I need to put it out there: I rather have a no-power speedster in center than in left field. I hated when the Twins used Torii Hunter in center and Jayson Tyner in left, it just did not sit right with me. That particular situation is a bit different, but I still feel the same way about Gardner and Granderson. I guess I just like to see the slugger in left and the speedster in center.