The Yankees have been trying to fill holes at behind the plate, in right field, third base, and DH and they might have to get creative to do it. Which brings us to Curtis Granderson. According to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News, the Yankees have been shopping Granderson since the beginning of November as they look for salary relief.
This goes against what Yankees GM Brian Cashman said at the end of October – that he wouldn’t trade Granderson because he’d be hard pressed to find a replacement center fielder who could hit 40-home runs.
The reality though is that the Yankees are in a tough spot with their future payroll. I went over it in a earlier post today, but they can barely afford to spend even $10 million on 2014 payroll this offseason because other commitments. In reality they have just $64 million to spend on 20 players who aren’t Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, and Robinson Cano. So it seems hard to figure Granderson into that mix while still fielding a competitive team.
So it would seem that rather than losing Granderson for nothing and having to replace him a year from now anyway, the Yankees are toying with the idea of dealing him now. After all, it could help them with the other four spots they have to fill this offseason.
It’s hard to say exactly what the Yankees could get for Grandy. He’ll make $15 million next year, which is quite a bit for most teams, and the fact that he’s on a one-year deal both helps and hurts his value. It helps because teams that don’t want to invest a lot, but are looking to upgrade their offense can do so, but then again teams won’t want to give up their very best prospects for just a rental.
Cashman is going to have to great creative in order to trade Grandy. Which is what he’ll have to do to fill the other four empty positions anyway.