According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox will make a “hard push” to sign Granderson this offseason. Similar to Joe Girardi — who seems to have some interest from the Cubs — Granderson has a lot of ties to the Chicago area. It’s where he grew up and went to college, and it would make sense that there could be some appeal in returning to the area.
Granderson’s agent has said Granderson would prefer to stay in New York, but signs of early interest might indicate that his earning power was not significantly impacted by last year’s pair of freak injuries. And that might stand in the way of the Yankees getting him on a short-term deal, possibly even a qualifying offer.
After missing most of 2013 with two broken bones, there’s been a theory that Granderson might want to take a one-year contract to reestablish his free agent value before going for a big long-term deal next winter. But if his value is still high — and Hunter Pence has already set a pretty high bar for outfield contracts — then Granderson might as well go for his multi-year deal this offseason.
Maybe the Yankees would be willing to give him such a deal — they do need a power bat, and Granderson’s shown plenty of power while seeming to be a nice fit at Yankee Stadium — but the idea of a one-year deal for something like $14 million might not be in the cards.
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