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The Curtis Granderson Conundrum

Posted By Brendan Sennott On Aug 7 2012 @ 9:48 am In New York Yankees | 2 Comments

The Yankees took another one on the chin last night losing to the Tigers and Justin Verlander 7-2 in Detroit.  Verlander punched out 14 Yankees in his 8 innings of work.  The loss put New York’s lead in the East at just 5.5 games over the Orioles.  The Bombers have lost a pathetic 11 of there last 17 contests.   A disturbing trend continued in last nights defeat as Curtis Granderson struck out three more times giving him a horrid 133 on the season, while dropping his average to .243.  This is a problem the Yankee organization needs to address and quickly in the offseason.

Curtis Granderson is a fun player to watch in Pinstripes.  His swing is tailor made for the short porch in rightfield at Yankee Stadium .  The 94 homers he has hit as a Yankee make that quite obvious.  He is an above average defensive centerfielder who misjudges the occasional flyball.  However if he can get to it he catches everything.   Granderson is an even better person off the field doing a ton of charity and philanthropic work.  Granderson is the type of athlete we should all hope our kids look up to.  Even with all those positive attributes the guy has become a hinderance on the field to the success of this Yankee team and needs to be shown the door.

Yankee GM Brian Cashman keeps stressing the Yankees will be under the new luxury tax threshold that begins in baseball in 2014.  That includes plans to sign both Granderson and Robinson Cano to new contracts since both become free agents after next
season.  Signing Cano is a must despite his enigmatic personality and tendency to give away at-bats.  Granderson is showing he is quite expendable and should be used as a trade chip to help upgrade the pitching.  133 strike outs are way too many based on the
needs of the current Yankee lineup and its continual reliance on the homerun.  Brett Gardner could move to centerfield and the Yankees can fill in around him in the outfield with gap hitting, low strikeout, high on-base players in the mold of David DeJesus or Billy Butler.  This would help get the ever unclutch Mark Teixeira, and the aging A-Rod get better pitches to hit in key  R.B.I.situations when opposing teams know a “k’ machine like Granderson is not due up.

The need for young pitching is so critical to the Yankees going forward if they are going to continue to field a winning team.  All of the Yankee top young arms from Nova to Banuelos, Betances, Campos, and Pineda are injured or have regressed.  CC Sabathia will continue to be solid if not spectacular as time goes on though the length of his long terms deal unless he finds a way to increase his lost velocity.  The problem is solid not spectacular does not start and win game 1 of playoff series.

Granderson is a prime aged centerfielder who could become a teams’ cleanup hitter in exchange for an ace like starter.  Trading him this winter will make the Yankees exponentially better in 2013 and going forward.   It will also help shed that much desired payroll.  It will be painful to see Curtis go but in life sometimes even good relationships have to end for the best interests of everyone involved.





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