Yankees exercise options for Cano, Granderson, Aardsma


The Yankees have exercised their club options for Robinson Cano ($15M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), and David Aardsma ($500k), the team announced. No surprises here whatsoever. All three players will be back in 2013 and are due to become free agents after the season.

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  • Joe F

    Now what do they do with Granderson? Trade him eventually?

    • Ed

      Be happy that they have a 40 HR outfielder?

    • jjyank

      If they get a good enough offer. He will likely be back though…hopefully not in CF though.

      • Joe F

        LF please. I like Grandy, but maybe by the trade deadline he’s gone.

      • Ted Nelson


    • Slugger27

      play him in center since theyre too concerned with bruising his ego to move him to left.

      • Ted Nelson

        Who did you want in CF last year? Wise? Dickerson? Ichiro?

        • MB923

          Gardner obviously

          • Ted Nelson

            That would have been great if he wasn’t injured all year…

        • Slugger27

          i wanted gardner in CF all along. if he gets hurt, then fine, move grandy to CF. but they had grandy in CF the whole time despite it being obvious hes the worse defender of the 2.

          if you can give me a logical explanation as to why they intentionally chose an inferior defensive alignment from the beginning, im all ears.

          • Kiko Jones

            Because in today’s baseball, offense trumps defense every time. It’s why Marcus Thames had a career and Ramiro Peña won’t.

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    Now tomorrow they need to one at time take them into a room, put a contract for no longer than 5 years on the table and say ” This will be the only time we talk contracts. Take it, or leave it.”

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      It’s evident that you don’t negotiate for a living.

      • Joe F


  • Eddard

    I think they trade Granderson and put Gardner in CF. Gardner is a better defender and is cost controlled. This postseason was a repudiation of the boom or bust style of offense and one of the first things the Yankees can do to correct that is to trade Granderson and his 200+ strikeouts. Gardner gave us some good at bats in the postseason, working counts and wearing down the starter. That’s what the Yankees used to be about. Re-sign Ichiro and have him play RF.

    • art vandelay

      this is the problem with the internet. check your facts. Granderson has never crossed the 200 strike out plateau before.


      Does the guy have problems ? yes, but who else is going to hit HR’s in that lineup ? Swisher is all but gone …. Arod doesn’t hit for much power anymore. Ichiro sure isn’t going to hit for much power. I agree grandy man should go to LF and gardner in CF … but people need to stop calling for the mans head when they aren’t going to get much in return for him.

      • Kronk

        so he never crossed 200 strikeouts in the REGULAR season, but include include this god awful post season and he passed it and then some.

        Also, even though he had ONLY 195 K’s in the regular season, he still is #11 ALL TIME now.


        • art vandelay

          yea but he also had 43 HRs, take out the steroid era and thats I’m sure one of the higher HR totals as well. Not many people hit 40 hr’s anymore.

    • Curtis

      Granderson’s boom or bust offense worked in the playoffs prior to this year. But yea let’s trade him for Delmon Young!

    • Ted Nelson

      So, if the Yankees had won… every team should always go “boom or bust?”

      Them losing one series is not a repudiation of any style. The same factors generate runs after they lost that series as before.

  • ADam

    They really should try and trade one of Grandy/Cano. They wont be able to keep both and might as well get some nice pieces back. Doubt that they will though. They will most likely let granderson walk get nothing in return and handcuff themselves to a 9-10 year deal with Cano, not learning from the lessons of the past. The carousel of bad contracts will continue…

    • Steve (different one)

      By definition, they will get Granderson’s 2013 season if they don’t trade him. Plus a draft pick, most likely.

      But since prospects always work out, trading him is a no brainer.

      • Ted Nelson

        Exactly… I’m sure that they would consider trading Granderson. They have to weigh the value of trading him vs. the value of keeping him though. (This stuff is so bloody obvious you wouldn’t think it would escape so many people…)

      • ADam

        Yup, Let’s keep aging sluggers around, and make sure to pay guys top dollar as they enter their mid 30′s is the obvious no brainer here.

        And since you’re the obvious expert on draft pick compensation you do know they don’t get draft pics anymore, they get moved up draft slots based on how many qualifying offers they make…

        • Cris Pengiucci

          Wrong. They get Supplimental round picks for every qualifying offer rejected.

          • I am not the droids you’re looking for…(I believe that children are our future)


            Thanks for playing though adam.

            • Joey from Jersey

              ADam, time to change your handle and try again.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          The obvious no-brainer is to field the best possible team. It’s unlikely trading Granderson accomplishes that.

        • Jonathan

          Lol these are the kind of posts I love where you can just feel how superior and intelligent the guy felt while posting it without using any correct knowledge or facts.

          He said to keep him and not trade him. Nowhere was there a mention of extending him for top dollar. Also since when does turning 32 in march mean entering their mid 30′s?

          And once more you’re wrong. They obtain draft picks if they give a qualifying offer and it is declined. They get a sandwich pick between the first two rounds and the team that signs him just loses their first rounder. So for $15MM you get 1 year of Granderson at age 32 with hopefully an inning or two of rest and a high draft pick or him back with another 1 year deal with a paycut. You really think you could get a trade more valuable than that out of him? And teams need power. Where are you finding another 40 hrs without giving up the whole farm or sign somebody like Hamilton?

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    What I would like to happen: Leave the outfield as Gardner, Grandy, Ichiro.

    What will most likely happen: Outfield becomes Gardner, Grandy, BJ Upton

    What would happen if the Boss was still alive: Hamilton, Bourn, and Grandy.

    • Monty

      Gardner, Granderson, Alex Gordon would be awesome if they could pull off a trade. Otherwise, i’d like to sign BJ Upton

      • Ted Nelson

        How much are you willing to pay BJ Upton and what sort of value do you expect?

  • Burn Girardi’s Binder

    Here’s hoping this mysterious eye issue that flared up this past week was to blame for his sub-.250 BA and nothing-but-strikeout October.

    If Granderson was having trouble seeing but will be better in 2013, I’ve got nothing but optimism about his season going forward.

    Long should probably work out the kinks in his swing, though, and maybe even teach him some plate discipline.

    • Jonathan

      I’m guessing his sudden drop in defense, stolen bases and bat speed in the middle of an elite season had something to do without getting hardly an inning off in cf for about 3/4 of the season. I expect very close to his 2011 numbers next year.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…(I believe that children are our future)

        Add in the playing for contract aspect and I very much agree with you, pending a healthy Gardner (who helps facilitate Grandy’s rest).

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Granderson will bounce back. He can’t be as bad as he was last year. Right? I mean…right?

    • nyyankfan_7

      He better because I don’t think I can suffer through another 43 HR / 106 RBI / 10 SB year from a Yankee outfielder. Overpaid Bums.

      • Joey from Jersey

        BBBButt ESPN told me he is old and strikes out too much. See they just repeated it for the 5th time.

        • Burn Girardi’s Binder

          The same ESPN that spent more time covering the Jets QB controversy last night than the Giants winning the World Series? Yeah they’re the go to for all your sports info…

  • Reggie C.

    I like Granderson’s chances to at least repeat 2012′s output and perhaps even see an uptick. Granderson simply knows how to stay healthy and that skill makes him valuable. Would I pay Granderson after 2013? No. But right now there’s no 1 year option better than Granderson.

  • Winter

    People seem to be forgetting that Granderson, despite his problems, a 2.7 WAR in 2012, which, although well below his 5.3 WAR 2011 and his 4.0 average for his career, is still above average production (assuming the average player puts up ~2 WAR). Assuming he doesn’t repeat an off-year, I’d figure he’s good for 3.5-4 WAR next year, most likely. That isn’t production that you can ignore.

  • Steve (different one)

    If Granderson were a FA from another team, and did not cost a draft pick to sign, would we be in favor of landing him on a one year deal to play OF in 2013 and come off the payroll in 2014? I think so.

    • Monty

      Not for $15M

      • jjyank

        Really? I would.

        • Joe F

          Me too.

          • Joey from Jersey


      • Preston

        Wait until you see how much inferior OFers get and for how long, Granderson for 1 for 15 is a great deal.

        • 1stbase

          when they see the contract that upton is going to get

  • pistol pete

    I wouldn’t trade Granderson just yet. He did hit 43 HR’s and have 100 RBI’s and you can’t find that production without spending a fortune. For all you BJ Upton lovers go look up his power numbers and OBP. If you got tired of Granderson you’ll get real tired of Upton and he’s going to want multiple years. I could live with Granderson Gardner and Tori Hunter for a year or two to play right. Don’t like having both Ichiro and Gardner on the team together, it’s one or the other, both left handed ,both limited power, both fast and good defenders and both should be cost effective. Don’t need both though. If the Yanks could sign Ichiro cheap for a year or two maybe they could get something for Gardner.

  • pistol pete

    BJ Upton did hit 28 hr’s and have 78 rbi’s but hit only 246 and had a disasterous 298 obp. He slugged only 454 and had an ops around 750. He’s not as good a clubhouse like Grandy is. He’s ok but not the answer and will want multiple years.