Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Early C-Grand Interest Should Sway Yankee QO Decision

Last week I said I thought the Yankees should make Curtis Granderson a qualifying offer without even knowing how the market for him was going to shape up.  Based on the latest reports coming out of Chicago, it sounds like that market is coming together already.

A report in the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday said the White Sox are expected to make "a hard push" for Granderson this offseason.  They need a lot of help on offense too, especially in the outfield, and Granderson has strong ties to the Chicago area where he grew up.  His skillset and local connections would be a great addition to a club that needs to bring some fans back to the park after a disastrous 2013 season.

As far as the Yankees are concerned, this rumor should be a strong indicator that there will be suitors for C-Grand out there and reason enough to make him a qualifying offer.  Even if they don't offer him a big deal, the White Sox would probably go more than 1 year and $14 million to get Granderson and would probably be willing to give up the draft pick to do it.  Odds are the Yankees won't be willing to go more than that, so they can at least recoup the pick for losing C-Grand by making the QO.

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