The Yankees aren’t having their internal meetings until next week, but that doesn’t – and shouldn’t – stop the speculation about who and what they’re going to be going after once the Hot Stove gets cooking. For now, Curtis Granderson is the popular name being floated around the trade market and – not surprisingly – there are plenty of teams (including, perhaps, the Cubs and Angels) interested in him.
Should the Yankees be one of them? Obviously it depends on what kind of value would have to go to Detroit in return, but there are also two questions that you have to answer before you get to whether you want Granderson or not:
1. Do you want Johnny Damon back playing left field?
2. Do you believe Melky Cabrera and/or Brett Gardner is an everyday center fielder?
If you want Damon back and if you like Cabrera (or Gardner) in center, then there isn’t much room for Granderson this winter, especially if Austin Jackson is waiting in the wings. There could be a hybrid situation, I suppose, where Granderson is a platoon-type player since his splits against lefties are atrocious. But if that’s true, then how much could the Yankees reasonably give up in a trade for a guy who wouldn’t play all the time?
I’ve always liked Granderson as a player and neither one of the two questions I posed above would keep me from acquiring him (I’m not married to Damon in left and I’m not convinced about either guy in center), so the question would hinge on what was being sent out.
If Jackson was in the deal, I’d at least listen though I’d probably want more back than just an outfielder. If we were talking young pitchers, though, like Hughes or Chamberlain? Not interested. Pitching is what wins and outfielders just aren’t as important.