On Monday, the New York Yankees extended qualifying offers to Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson. Though there’s a chance none of these players will accept, the Yankees were right in making the offers.
Let’s face it. Making a qualifying offer to Cano is nothing more than an insurance policy. There’s as good a chance of Cano accepting a one year, $14.1 million deal as there is of Miley Cyrus becoming a nun. But by extending Cano the qualifying offer, if he does sign elsewhere in free agency at least the Yankees will receive a compensatory draft pick.
It’s also unclear if Kuroda will return to the Bronx next year. The 38 year-old had a rough finish to the 2013 season but by no means is he washed up. If Kuroda accepts the deal, the Yankees will get him for a $1 million less than they paid him in 2013. Even if he doesn’t dominate like he did in the first half of this past season he will still be one of the best pitchers on the staff in 2014 (probably No. 2 or No. 3 in the rotation).
Granderson is in a similar situation as Cano, but making him a qualifying offer is an even greater win-win for the Yankees. Unlike Cano, there is a strong chance Granderson will accept. If he does, New York will retain a great left-handed power-hitting outfielder for less than what he’d likely get in free agency. Moreover, he would shore up right field, which as of now is a platoon between Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells, and the Yankees would not have to bid for Carlos Beltran in free agency (who, by the way, is four years older than Granderson).
Basically, by making a qualifying offer to Grandy, the Yankees either get a solid outfielder at a discount or they’ll get a draft pick. Both are good options for a team that needs rebuilding.
Making qualifying offers to all three of these players was a good move by New York. Whether they accept or not the Yankees will be better off as a result.