The MLB Winter Meetings always play host to some whacky deals in the offseason. With the New York Yankees not making any noise so far this offseason, could they be the next team to pull off some kind of crazy trade to stir up the media in Nashville?
Yankees’ center fielder Curtis Granderson had his $13 million club option picked up for the 2013 season but after next season is no longer under the Yankees control. With the organization looking to get under the luxury tax line, there may not be a chance that Granderson gets offered a long-term extension being that the team already has to pay Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira big money over the next few years. This week would be a great opportunity to trade him.
One of those crazy deals would not be shocking. Five years ago Miguel Cabrera was involved in a deal that sent him from the Miami Marlins, along with Dontrelle Willis, to the Detroit Tigers for six prospects. One of the most infamous Marlins unloadings in recent memory. Cabrera and Willis were both members of the 2003 Marlins team that won the World Series.
If Granderson would be made available, New York could get some much needed help in the farm system and possibly a few players to fill some holes in the lineup.
Not saying that a trade is imminent, but the Yankees trading Granderson would not come as a surprise due to the tight budget restraints the front office has placed on offseason spending.
Granderson has hit 40-plus home runs in consecutive seasons for the Yankees but has had a power outage in the playoffs, which has hurt the team.
So far this offseason, the Yankees re-signed Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda and Mariano Rivera. The team is not expected to go after Nick Swisher and has already lost Russell Martin to the Pittsburgh Pirates.