Yankees Offseason Trade Target: Curtis Granderson
If the two New York clubs would be willing to get together on a cross-town deal, Curtis Granderson would be a great fit for the Yankees roster.
The New York Mets are reportedly “fielding calls” on outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year $110 million contract on Wednesday. Although Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports they would prefer to move Bruce, Granderson would clearly be the better fit for the Yankees if they convinced the Amazin’s to make a trade with their older brothers.
With one-year and $15 million remaining on the four-year $60 million deal he signed with the Mets prior to 2014, Granderson is a pure rental whose contract more or less matches up with the asking prices for guys like Matt Holliday or Carlos Beltran.
At age 35, the Grandy Man is younger and offers more defensive versatility than either of those guys. He hit .237/.335/.464 (111 OPS+) with 30 home runs in 633 plate appearances in 2016. His lefty power was a perfect fit for Yankee Stadium last time around, helping him put up a .245/.335/.495 (120 OPS+) slash line while passing the 40 homer mark twice in his four seasons as a Yankee.
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Although he missed most of his final season in pinstripes with a broken forearm, Granderson has proven extremely durable over the course of his new deal, playing in 462 of a possible 486 contests the last three years. closer Jeurys Familia is facing possible
The Mets bullpen has been shaky the past few years, and with closer Jeurys Familia facing a possible domestic violence suspension in 2017, DiComo suggests they may be interested in adding a big league reliever as a return.
Dellin Betances is likely off-limits, but it’s worth asking if a package built around a veteran setup guy like Tyler Clippard or Adam Warren might be a good starting point. The Yankees have a ton of interesting young, MLB-ready arms to offer as well. Ben Heller, Jonathan Holder, and Giovanny Gallegos all stand out as potential fits for the Mets bullpen.
New York would probably need to throw in a prospect or two to make it worth, but it seems like there’s at least the beginning of a deal there. As a bonus, Granderson seems like a tremendous human being.
He recently was honored with the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award, which is given to the player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”
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As fun as this might be to think about, there is almost zero chance it actually happens because the Yankees and Mets avoid making trades with each other whenever possible. Still, Granderson was one of my favorite Yankees of the last decade and it would be fun to see him back in the Bronx.