Why Curtis Granderson Is A Free Agent Bargain
Source: Adam Wells, CNN Bleacher Report
Most of the attention during the hot stove season will be focused on Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo, yet Curtis Granderson is another extremely talented outfielder who won't command nearly as much in a contract but who can provide excellent value.
The 32-year-old's contract with the New York Yankees ended after the 2013 season, but the team made a qualifying offer (one year, $14.1 million) that he has until November 11 to accept.
Granderson told MLB Network Radio that he's considering the Yankees' offer, but finding the right situation is the most important thing (via New York Daily News):
Well, it's definitely something you've got to think about and I appreciate the Yankees extending that offer to me. You definitely got to continue to weigh all your options to see what's the best fit for you. ... You know, there are 29 other ball clubs out there and we're now at a point where every team has the chance to be a contender here in the near future.
Granderson's upside for a team in need of an offensive upgrade in left field would be wise to bet on a strong bounce-back season or two from a player who's proven himself to be one of the premiere power hitters in the game when healthy.