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Thursday notes and links: Granderson seems like to turn down qualifying offer

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 07, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera is being honored by the ALS Association at tonight’s 19th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit. About time that guy got some recognition. A few quick notes and links from today.

Curtis Granderson• There was some thought, late in the season, that Curtis Granderson might accept a qualifying offer from the Yankees. In the past two months or so, that opinion has filtered away a little bit, replaced by the realization that — even after a mostly lost season — Granderson will likely have no trouble topping a one-year, $14.1 million deal on the free agent market. Today, Ken Rosenthal took a look at the situation, comparing Granderson’s free agency to last year’s Nick Swisher free agency. The basic conclusion: Granderson’s probably heading for the open market.

• Speaking of Yankees qualifying offers, here’s a cool Jerry Crasnick story on the emerging rivalry between Jay Z and Scott Boras, a rivalry was kind of sparked by Robinson Cano’s decision to leave Boras for Roc Nation sports.

• As for Yankees free agent targets, Brian McCann makes sense for obvious reasons — catcher, left-handed hitter, significant power bat — but he’s likely to generate interest well beyond the Bronx. George King takes a look at the Brian McCann market and finds the same conclusion that Andy McCullough wrote about earlier in the week: The McCann bidding could get awfully expensive. Oh, and King throws Ubaldo Jimenez’s name in the mix as a player who interests the Yankees.

• Out in Los Angeles, former Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly is reportedly talking about a multi-year deal to return to the Dodgers as their manager. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed Mattingly could be on his way out of L.A.

• According to ESPN, baseball is expected to discuss rule changes to limit home plate collisions. The discussions will take place during next week’s General Manager’s meetings in Orlando.

• Bad news for all of us who follow baseball: CBS Sports has apparently gotten rid of two terrific national writers — and two really good guys — Danny Knobler and Scott Miller. I don’t know Scott quite as well as I know Danny, but they’re both welcome additions whenever they’re in town, and Danny in particular was always incredibly kind, helpful and generous when I took on the Yankees beat. Those guys will certainly land somewhere else, and some other website or newspaper or magazine will be better for it.

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