The New York Yankees‘ Curtis Granderson will be a free agent at the end of this season. My question is, will the Yankees bring him back?
When the Yankees acquired Granderson from the Detroit Tigers in December of 2009, I did not get the trade. He did hit .249, but 30 home runs is good for a guy who usually hit closer to the bottom of the lineup. Granderson struggled in his first season with the Yankees, hitting .247 with 24 home runs and 67 RBIs.
However, in 2011, he surprised many when he hit 41 home runs. I like Granderson but if he’s not hitting home runs, he’s striking out. In 2012, his 195 strikeouts were second in baseball. He needs to improve his contact hitting.
When the outfielder was placed on the DL at the beginning of the season, it lowered his chances of returning to the Yankees in 2014. That said, when you think about it, there aren’t really any big-name free agent center fielders after this season.
Granderson will only be 33 next season, so age should not be a big concern if the Yankees want to bring him back. One of the biggest factors in Granderson returning will be how much the Yankees are willing to spend. Owner Hal Steinbrenner has been saying for months that he wants the team’s payroll to be below $189 million in 2014.
Granderson’s salary demands will be based off of his 2013 season. I am excited for him to come back because how he does this year will play a factor in whether or not the Yankees re-sign him. Bringing him back would not be a bad idea because the Yankees won’t really have many options in center field.