I’m fond of writing “what a difference a year makes” on this site, but in the case of Curtis Granderson you have to ask what a difference a few games make? Granderson had an odd season. He hit a career high 43 homers, but he also had a career worst .319 on base percentage. After his phenomenal, .393 wOBA 2011 campaign Granderson submitted a disappointing 2012, becoming the ultimate binary outcome player: strike out or home run. He did not show up for the 2012 playoffs at all, making the perception that he had a poor season that much worse. Now, as the Yankees look to re-tool, Granderson’s name is circulating as a possible trade candidate. Should the Yankees pull the trigger?
Obviously, any player should be traded for the right price (provided he doesn’t have a no trade clause). So what I’m really asking is if the Yankees can get fair value in return for Granderson? As frustrating as Granderson’s .232/.319/.492 season was, he remains a young, affordable option in Center with above average offensive production for the position. The Center Fielders who had stronger offensive seasons than Curtis are all among the very best in the game, players such as Mike Trout or Andrew McCutchen. Furthermore, Curtis may have only registered 2.6 fWAR this season, but that figure is misleading. Fangraphs hates Curtis’ defense and rates him as a -17.8 run UZR fielder for 2012. That seems extreme. Removing the defensive statistics makes Curtis closer to a four win player. You don’t trade four win players because it is almost impossible to get fair value in return.
The facts remain that in 2013 Granderson will be only 32 years old. He’ll cost the Yankees only $13 million dollars. He still figures to be an offensive contributor and he has the potential to bounce back in terms of his average. (Curtis BABIP was just .260 this past season, well below his .305 career average.) Given his age and pending free agency the Yankees would be selling low to trade Granderson now. It is unlikely the team would get back fair value and nearly impossible for the team to turn him into a younger, longer term contributor. It makes more sense for the Yankees to exercise their option on Curtis and bring him back for another season. Given his commitment to improving his game odds are the Yankees would be trading one Curtis Granderson for a better Curtis Granderson.
LIKE TYA ON FACEBOOK
- TYA To Merge With It’s About The Money, Stupid
- What about Kevin Youkilis?
- Teix Now Front And Center On The “Needs To Produce” Radar
- Cashman: Heathcott A Dark Horse Candidate
- A Dog Chasing Cars
- Outfield Trade Targets
- The Problem With Brett Gardner
- A Look At Relief Prospect Branden Pinder
- The Yankees Should Be Realistic, Put Team on Short Leash in 2013
- Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- Brand bc on Briefly discussing the internal options to replace Curtis Granderson
- http://2804lasela.wordpress.com/ on TYA Predictions: Bold predictions for 2012
- the tao of badass pdf on What about Austin Romine?
- Joey Parkhill on Dante Bichette Jr’s Swing
- lululemon factory outlet on Contact Us
- Cary on Will R.A. Dickey’s Knuckleball Succeed In A Domed Stadium?
- Brenna on Links: Prospects, Support for A-Rod, Mariano is Love and Who’s in Center?
- Louis Vuitton Outlet Sale Singapore on The Monthly Prospector: April Edition
- Authentic Louis Vuitton Outlet Store on The Monthly Prospector: June Edition
- Louis Vuitton Outlet San Diego on Banuelos to Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Yankees Prospectors to Undergo Grief Counseling
TagsA.J. Burnett Alex Rodriguez Andy Pettitte Austin Romine Baltimore Orioles Bartolo Colon Boston Red Sox Brett Gardner Brian Cashman Bullpen CC Sabathia Chien-Ming Wang Cliff Lee Curtis Granderson David Robertson Dellin Betances Derek Jeter Francisco Cervelli Freddy Garcia Game Recap Hiroki Kuroda Ivan Nova Javier Vazquez Jesus Montero Joba Chamberlain Joe Girardi Johnny Damon Jorge Posada Manny Banuelos Mariano Rivera Mark Teixeira Melky Cabrera Michael Pineda New York New York Yankees Nick Johnson Nick Swisher Phil Hughes Prospects Rafael Soriano Red Sox Robinson Cano Russell Martin Tampa Bay Rays Yankees