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Video: Granderson discusses potential move to left field

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees finally made a decision about their outfield alignment. Or rather, they finally decided that theres’s a decision to be made. This spring, the Yankees will try Curtis Granderson in left field and Brett Gardner in center. It won’t happen every game, but the Yankees are going to test the alignment to see how it works.

“We’re going to toy with it and see if we like it,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s looking at two guys and how they play together.”

When Granderson first came to the Yankees, he played a little bit of left field during spring training while the Yankees considered the idea of Gardner in center. However, the ultimately settled on leaving Granderson in the middle for the past three years. Making the change could depend more on Granderson than Gardner.

“I feel more comfortable going out there (to center) than I would to left field,” Gardner said. “I probably always will, even if I play left field for six or eight more years.”

Here’s Granderson discussing the potential change.

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24 Responses to “Video: Granderson discusses potential move to left field”

  1. Mordot11 February 21st, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I really like Granderson. He always says the right thing and plays hard. Pretty clear though that he doesn’t want to move to left, though.

  2. Hassey February 21st, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I’d like to stay the same age but fast forward the Yankees to 2015

  3. PacoDooley February 21st, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    This ended up at the bottom of the last thread, so I decided to repost:

    MLBTR has a list of the 40 contracts >$100MM. Most of the ones given to younger players have been a success, but I though it would be fun to list how many of those given to players over 30 turned out to be a are success. There are 11 contracts, with the Pujols and Hamilton deals obviously too fresh to be evaluated. Of the remaining 9 I would say that all but the Lee deal were bad contracts (and the Lee deal certainly wasn’t a great deal for the Phillies). I assume that the Pujols deal will end badly. The Hamilton deal may be fine given it is short.

    This list does not paint a positive future for the Yankees and Cano.

    Kevin Brown, 33, signed a seven-year, $105MM deal on 12/12/1998.
    Alex Rodriguez, 32, signed a ten-year, $275MM deal on 12/13/2007.
    Cliff Lee, 32, signed a five-year, $120MM deal on 12/13/2010.
    Albert Pujols, 31, signed a ten-year, $240MM deal on 12/08/2011.
    Jayson Werth, 31, signed a seven-year, $126MM deal on 12/05/2010.
    Josh Hamilton, 31, signed a five-year, $125MM deal on 12/15/2012.
    Alfonso Soriano, 30, signed an eight-year, $136MM deal on 11/20/2006.
    Ryan Howard, 30, signed a five-year, $125MM extension on 4/26/2010.
    Jason Giambi, 30, signed a seven-year, $120MM deal on 12/18/2001.
    Ken Griffey Jr., 30, signed a nine-year, $116.5MM deal on 2/11/2000.
    Carlos Lee, 30, signed a six-year, $100MM deal on 11/24/2006.

  4. Chip February 21st, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Mordot,

    I agree with you. Not only does he not want to move, but he’s going with the belief that this is a temporary spring training thing…like when the Yankees used to work Cervelli out at 3b a couple of times.

    This is his free agent walk year, the last thing he wants is to enter free agency having been demoted out of centerfield, it’s a move that has the potential to cost him lots of money.

    This is going to fester and become a bad situation for the club.

  5. Mike_Boston February 21st, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Chip,
    What evidence is there with Grandy to suggest that this switch would present any kind of issue for the team?

  6. 86w183 February 21st, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I am not in favor of anything beyond four years for Cano. That’s in addition to this year.

    Some of the benefit of getting down to $ 189 M has been reduced by good off-seasons for teams such as Toronto and Atlanta putting them in position NOT to be eligible for revenue sharing. That might have impacted Hal’s thinking too.

    Again,let’s see what happens over time, but the idea of the Yaks having $ 125 M to spend in the off season is pretty interesting.

  7. 86w183 February 21st, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Whether Granderson plays well or even decently in LF it won’t seriously impact his attractiveness as a Free Agent.

    He needs to raise his batting average, on-base percentage and walk rate while dramatically reducing his strike out rate. If he does those things he’ll cash in big time…. And the Yanks offense will be a lot better this summer.

  8. Shame Spencer February 21st, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    This is going to fester and become a bad situation for the club.

    —————–

    It only festers if they let it.. make the move in ST, let the writers squeeze all the juice out of it before opening day and you’re fine.

    Grandy isn’t going to act like a child, especially if he’s serious about wanting to stay with the team. He was still the worst ranked CFer last year, his value can’t tank that much. If a team needs a CFer badly enough, they won’t hesitate to play him there just because the Yankees moved him to LF for a year.

  9. randy l. February 21st, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    ok so how long will it take the word “BOYCOTT” to spread to other yankee blogs?

    the yankees could nip it right here, but we’re going to need some free tickets and sh%T to make that happen :)

  10. tomingeorgia February 21st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    But randy, that would mean you’d drink their beer and eat their hotdogs.

  11. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t understand the big deal. In sports, as in life, the best person for the job should get the job. Gardner is clearly a better CF.

  12. Shame Spencer February 21st, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    randy strikes me as the type that travels with his own provisions, a Swiss army knife and a compass at all times.

  13. Hassey February 21st, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    don’t forget the TP

  14. Shame Spencer February 21st, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    No, randy does it like the cavemen did it. He’s see tp as superfluous.

  15. Rich in NJ February 21st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Ewww

  16. Tackelberry February 21st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    @AndrewMarchand

    Granderson is about as agreeable as they come, but I’m sure he is not thrilled it took them so long to tell him.

    ____________________________________________________

    There goes the media, trying to stir up trouble again.

  17. Shame Spencer February 21st, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Rich in NJ February 21st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Ewww

    ————–

    4-5pm is like my best hour and all you guys do is waste it… we need more action in here! Can’t wait until we’re eagerly anticipating the line ups to post around 3pm.

  18. blake February 21st, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    “I am not in favor of anything beyond four years for Cano. That’s in addition to this year.”

    Then you have to be in the “trade him” camp because there is a better chance of the Yankees offering me 4 years to play 2B than Cano accepting that term.

    “Again,let’s see what happens over time, but the idea of the Yaks having $ 125 M to spend in the off season is pretty interesting.”

    When you add up everything then it’s really closer to 75 million they’d have to spend without Cano if they want to stay under the luxury tax…..assuming Jeter triggers his player option and Arod is still around its right at that number …..with Cano probably around 50

  19. blake February 21st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I honestly think moving Grandy to LF would have close to zero impact on his value for next year…..teams are gonna look at him as a corner guy anyway goin forward

  20. Jerkface February 21st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Awesome list for prospects looking at their service time:

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....um=twitter

  21. blake February 21st, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Yea that’s a great resource…..bet we will see Taveras sometime this summer….in addition to maybe Zunino, Cole, Profar, Myers…maybe Bundy and D’Anaurd

  22. randy l. February 21st, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    i’m going to have to get my twitter account going and use the phrase “YANKEE BOYCOTT” as much as possible.

    hal will be brought to his knees in no time. it’s like striking a match in a tinder dry forest.

    yankee apologist just hate the term BOYCOTT, but every time they protest they just spread the phrase. hal really should just sell the yankees and get it over with.

    then no YANKEE BOYCOTT :)

  23. randy l. February 21st, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    here’s another yankee fan boycott:
    maybe it;s what led to the championship run
    http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09.....18389.html

  24. randy l. February 21st, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    here’s another more recent boycott of the yankees.
    i may have to learn from the mistakes of other.
    this guy looks like might be a little lacking in the social graces

    http://bronxgoblin.com/content.....tt-yankees


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