Grandeson to Deny Yankees’ Qualifying Offer

Yankees_Curtis_Granderson_2013One school of thought on Curtis Granderson is that he will accept the Yankees’ qualifying offer, return on a one-year, $14.1 million contract and re-enter the free-agent market next offseason.

I wouldn’t bet on it.

Granderson played in only 61 games last season after twice getting hit by pitches and suffering broken bones, first in his right forearm, then in his left pinkie.

The qualifying offer will hurt Granderson’s market, given the reluctance of teams to sacrifice high draft picks and the accompanying bonus money for free agents. But compare Granderson’s slash line to Nick Swisher’s a year ago, when Swisher landed a four-year, $56 million free-agent contract from the Indians after the Yankees stuck him with a qualifying offer.

Granderson: .261/.340/.488.

Swisher: .256/.361/.467.

Source: Ken Rostenthal, FOX Sports