Yankees will pick up Granderson’s option

Despite Curtis Granderson‘s drop off from a year ago and his struggles in the postseason, the Yankees will pick up his $13 million option for next season, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Granderson had a truly great year in 2011 when he hit .262/.364/.552 and played a strong center field, but he had a major drop off in 2012 as those numbers dropped to just .232/.319/.492 and regressed as a center fielder.

Still, picking up his option wasn’t much of a surprise. His numbers were still good enough for a 116 OPS+ and it wouldn’t be easy to find a replacement who could put up those numbers while providing the Yankees with the roster flexibility that a one-year deal provides.

There is a chance that he could be traded this offseason as that roster flexibility would be valuable to other teams too, but considering the Yankees also have to replace Nick Swisher in right it might not be easy to replace both.

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One Response to Yankees will pick up Granderson’s option

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Ugh. I am still hating the trade that brought him to NY. They can't seriously be thinking of re-signing him after 2013, so trade him now and move Gardner to CF.