Girardi hedges against Granderson remaining in center field


Via Brian Heyman: Joe Girardi hedged a bit when talking about Curtis Granderson‘s position yesterday. “We’ll decide that as time goes on,” said the skipper. “We’ve talked about Grandy; we just want to get him healthy … We might toy around with some other things (with Granderson), left, right, other things. He’s getting reps everywhere right now.”

Granderson, 32, has been playing all three outfield spots during his rehab in Extended Spring Training. Brian Cashman has said they will keep him in center when he returns from his broken forearm, though this stuff is never official until he actually gets back out on the field. The team’s best all-around outfield probably has Granderson in left, Brett Gardner in center and Vernon Wells in right, but I’m guessing we’ll see some kind of rotation when (if) everyone’s healthy. Hopefully they make a final decision soon though, I’m sure everyone involved would like to have some clarity.

Categories : Asides, Defense


  1. Robinson Tilapia says:

    About 20 commenters just climaxed.

    • Pat D says:

      Also, yes.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      With good reason.

      Makes no sense to have your weakest defensive outfielder play the most difficult and important position especially when he has a track record of being well below average there.

  2. Havok9120 says:

    I am shocked- SHOCKED- to discover that they aren’t releasing all information of their internal discussions and the Pro/Con arguments to the press. They’re usually so open about their decision making process, and we, their patient and reasonable fanbase, have certainly earned such openness over the years.

  3. Pudge says:

    What about Ichiro then?

  4. mitch says:

    I really don’t care about the OF defensive alignment. Most will probably disagree, but I think Gardner is more of a very good defender than an all time great that some of the metrics seem to indicate. He’s definitely better than Granderson, but I don’t see a Grandy/Gardy position swap having any significant impact…especially at Yankee stadium.

    Any combo of those two, Wells, and Ichiro is pretty solid defensively. I’m more concerned about how Joe will manage the Wells/Ichiro situation once Grandy gets back.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Play the hot hand. We’ve already seen how streaky they are in the first few weeks of the season as Ichiro heats up and Wells cools down. I have a feeling that once Grandy comes back, Ichiro will be getting more ABs than Wells. Just a hunch.

  5. Steve says:

    One of the biggest ‘weaknesses’ of the Girardi Administration is their inability to interact openly with the media.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Yeah, Joel Sherman would attest to that. Seriously, the Yankees aren’t running their organization for the benefit of the beat writers meeting their deadlines. Unfortunately, this Yankees team doesn’t have a Keith Hernandez sitting by his locker, smoking a cigarette, beckoning his favored media guys over to spill some clubhouse secrets when the urge overtakes him.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      If that’s one of the biggest weaknesses, I’d say we’re all pretty damn lucky.

      What right does the media have to know anything about the operations of the Yankees, outside of any legal issues?

    • A.D. says:

      Torre at times was too open, the fact that he spelled out the “Joba Rules” to everyone was pretty dumb

    • CS Yankee says:

      When you say “Girardi Administration” I laughed as since Torre left Cashman clearly has been the GM, as well as, three-quarters of the manager.

      I suspect that even his binder has an Ipad between the data sheets that directly links him to Cash telling him what to do.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:


    • Havok9120 says:

      A) It’s pretty much confirmed at this point that the majority of the decisions most of us consider “managerial” are, in fact, made by Cashmen. Girardi is just the messenger in many cases.

      B) There is absolutely nothing to be gained by a baseball team being more open with the media. This isn’t a government organization or a publicly traded company.

  6. trr says:

    Welcome news, I’m sure a professional such as Mr. Granderson will adjust to any of the OF positions with a team first attitude.

  7. Robert says:

    Anybody think Trading Grandy now since he will be gone ala Swisher later.
    We might be able to get a SS/3b highly rated prospect in return.

    Or do you feel 350AB of Grandy for a draft pick in 2014 is better.

    • Ed says:

      They’re right in the playoff race. Trading one of your best hitters for prospects is never a good idea when you’re in contention.

  8. Darren says:

    It’s so clear from watching the games that Gardner is better in center than Granderson. Very rarely do you see Gardner take a horrible route or get a bad jump on a ball, which is all too common with Granderson. I’m not saying that Gardner is Girffey Junior in his prime, or even Devon White, but he’s better than Granderson. In fact, I think Bernie is better than Gardner, so what do you think about those apples??

    BTW, does anyone get the vibe from Grandy that he might be a serial killer? He seems a little TOO polished with all of his answers and philanthropy. I’d check his crawl space.

    • CS Yankee says:

      Bernie was clearly a better player than either Grandy or Grit, but that was with the stick; as he wasn’t anything elite as a CF or baserunner.

      Grit far exceeds Bernie with the glove and a stronger arm and Grandy is likely a little less than Bern’.

      Grandy wants to play CF for his marketibility come the offseason but is a team player type guy. I’m sure Cash and Grandy’s agent will make the decision behind closed doors.

      • Darren says:

        Oh I wasn’t even beginning to take Bernie’s offense into consideration. Gardner doesn’t even deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Bernie and Grandy pales in comparison.

        I think Bernie was a better defender than Gardner or Grandy.

        There, I said it again.

        I agree his arm sucked (except, weirdly, in his last season when it was at its strongest). Gardner may have a slightly stronger arm but it’s still pretty inaccurate and bad.
        And Bernie seemed a little more confident with the glovework than Brett. Yes, he had a lot of awful jumps but often made up for them with his speed. Gardner has a lot of awkward looking plays out in center.

        Watching Granderson is like watching a drunk who’s on the verge of puking in a bar. It’s a feeling of nervousness with a high potential for feeling of relief or disgust.

  9. BeanTooth says:

    Come on. You make Granderson sound like Nunez. Yes, he’s not a great CF. But he’s not an embarrassment out there. Bernie, who is my favorite 1990s Yankee, wasn’t exactly a great defender by the time he reach 32, either.

  10. forensic says:

    Unless it’s a Toronto series, I easily play Ichiro over Wells with Wells only playing periodically for one of the three against lefties.

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