Granderson hints at declining qualifying offer


During a recent radio interview, Curtis Granderson hinted at declining the $14.1M qualifying offer the Yankees made him on Monday. “You definitely got to continue to weigh all your options to see what’s the best fit for you … There are 29 other ballclubs out there, and we’re now at a point where every team has the chance to be a contender here in the near future,” he said. Justin Terranova has a transcript, so check it out.

Granderson, 32, should have no trouble finding a multi-year contract this winter. The question is whether he wants to take what he can get right now, or accept the offer and hope to rebuild some value with a full healthy season in friendly Yankee Stadium before going back out onto the market next winter. There’s a strong case to be made for both and it’s a win-win situation for New York. If he rejects and signs elsewhere, they get a high pick. If he accepts, they get him back on a one-year deal. That might destroy their plan to get under the $189M luxury tax, but that’s life.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League
  • jim p

    accept the offer and hope to rebuild some value with a full healthy season in friendly Yankee Stadium before going back out onto the market next winter

    On the other hand, 2/$30M, 3/$45 in the hand is an awful lot of value right there.

    And those might be years that inflate your value beyond the contract. (Depending on the ballpark). It ain’t like the Yankees are looking like a top contender next year any more than anyone else.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    None of us have a clue what Curtis is going to do, but that sounds like regular FA talk to me.

  • CashmanNinja

    If Granderson was a year or 2 younger then I could see him staying to rehab his value, but it’s not like he’s still a really young guy now. Each year brings him less value because it’s 1 less year of being able to play CF for another team. Some teams may not even view him as a CF anymore and let’s face it…that is what is going to entice teams the most — a power hitting CF. I think he should just decline it and get the last nice contract of his career. He has the chance to get some security. It’s much smarter than playing next year and possibly having another injured season. He would collect the $14+ mil, but there’s no way he’d come close to getting anything like a 3-4 year deal on the market after back-to-back injury plagued seasons. Take the money and run.

  • dkidd

    i hope he accepts. partly because i believe he will bounce back and partly because i’m afraid of what the yankees will do if he leaves (sign choo though age 38, trade the farm for carlos gomez)

  • Chip

    I think he’s going to the White Sox unfortunately (unfortunate both because they have a protected first round pick and the Yankees are going to miss the power)

    • forensic

      The White Sox’ protected first round pick has no affect on the Yankees. They’d get a supplemental round pick either way. The old system was when the Yankees would’ve gotten the pick from the other team.

  • Kevin S

    Granderson looked pretty bad in 200 AB this year (if that means anything)–when he declines and signs elsewhere, Yanks will get good value

    • Ryan D

      Yeah, but think of how sporadic that playing time was. Players need consistent ABs, and those 200 AB happened between two freak injuries.

  • Newman

    He can get a multi-year deal worth a lot more than 14 mil without the need to rebuild any value. There’s lots of club ready to gamble on Granderson. His injury was kind of flukey and not likely to linger. I’ll miss the guy.

  • David Brown

    Insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.” (Albert Einstein). We need to keep that in mind,and pay attention to what Boston did, be willing to take a hit for a year or two, get the payroll down and the Roster younger and more talented and athletic (we had our best Draft in years, so that is a positive). If these means losing Granderson or even Cano, so be it. Next year, will be the end of the Jeter Contract (as well as Ichiro, Soriano and Wells), and we will be ever closer to the end of the Contracts of Teixeira, Sabathia, and even Rodriguez. I would accept two years of rebuilding in exchange for having a Title Contender in 2016.
    Speaking of Rodriguez, I am predicting two more years with him on the roster. As we come closer to the end of that Contract, the odds increase that the Yankees will simply release him (which I favored doing ASAP), or he will self destruct, or he will finally realize its time to walk away, with a measure of self-respect (instead of becoming a cripple and (or) a .200 Hitter) and settle with the Yankees (as for the idea of the Hall of Fame and Alex Rodriguez Day at Yankee Stadium, even he must know those are not happening). This Offseason will be very interesting.

    • jjyank

      “We need to keep that in mind,and pay attention to what Boston did”

      Enough already. So freaking tired of this logic. What Boston did required a unique opportunity and a lot of luck. It’s not a sustainable model.

      • Slugger27


        what was the unique opportunity boston had last offseason that new york doesnt have now?

        what about what they did isn’t sustainable?

        • jjyank

          “what was the unique opportunity boston had last offseason that new york doesnt have now?”

          The trade with the Dodgers. (that wasn’t last year, but I’m speaking broadly)

          “what about what they did isn’t sustainable?”

          I don’t think signing mid-range FA’s and getting a bunch of career years from guys in their 30’s is a sustainable strategy to build a team. It worked for them and that’s great, but I don’t think it’s something you can emulate.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            He meant the abiilty to replace Robbie Cano with Pedro Ciriaco.

          • Slugger27

            i still dont see what the unique opportunity is… money to spend? the yankees have that. or, they at least have the opportunity to spend on the caliber of free agents boston signed, which as you said, was mid range.

            getting career years out of them isn’t sustainable, no…. i agree with that. but getting solid production from guys who are neither scrubs nor the elite FAs i think was a good move, and one that could be a sustainable strategy going forward.

            • jjyank

              If you don’t think the trade with the Dodgers was a unique opportunity, then I don’t know what else to say to you.

            • Mr. Roth

              Did you read jjyank’s post? The unique opportunity would be finding a trade partner willing to take on the salaries of CC, Tex, Rodriguez, Ichiro and maybe Wells in a trade.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You should expand that defintion of insanity to reading over and over again about how rebuilds aren’t quick and how Boston didn’t take part in one, then claiming the opposite over and over.

      Boston actually went and gave out two very large deals, one to a declining player, and the team quickly went south due to injury. The Dodgers engaged them in a rather unprecedented trade, taking some awful contracts, still signed by the Boston front office, off their hands. They then went and re-spent that money on more veteran FA’s, albeit of the mid-market type, who all played to best-case scenarios.

      It’s almost as if people think Brian Cashman broke into Fenway Park and gave Carl Crawford that contract. He didn’t. Your perfectly-led Boston Red Sox did.

      They won the World Series. They deserved it. Extreme kudos to them. Now let’s put this “let’s be like them” nonsense to rest.

      Someday it’ll dawn on me that I’m yelling at twelve year-olds on the internet when I should be doing paperwork.

      • Mr. Roth

        Yeah, but paperwork sucks and twelve year-olds need discipline.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Paperwork does suck, but I’m behind on it, and that sucks worse mentally for me.

  • Coolerking101

    First of all, I don’t see any chance of him accepting. Every commentator seems to think Granderson can do better on the open market. Secondly, even if he accepted, how would this destroy the 189 plan? If 189 is the plan, and I believe it is, they’ll just pay Granderson and Cano and then sign a bunch of low end guys to minor league contracts. Remember last year when Hal said the Yanks signed the best FA’s on the market? We’ll get that same sunshine up our ass again this year. This time, Hal will go on the radio and say the Yanks didn’t need to sign anyone else b/c injuries were the reason the team didn’t win in 2013 and that now that everyone is healthy, the 2014 team is primed for a championship run.

    • phil

      You need to add some pitchers…. At least 2 starters and one reliever…..

    • MannyGeee

      ” Every commentator seems to think Granderson can do better on the open market.”

      Well, if this bunch of derelicts are your moral compass…

  • phil

    2 first round picks next year ….

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    A soon to be 33 year old, that was continuously injured and provided next to nothing for his salary, is deciding whether to “accept” 14.1mm dollars ? Wow. And the kicker is that NY really doesn’t want him on a 1 year, 14.1mm contract, but did so because someone else will give him more years, allowing NY to recoup a draft pick.

  • pc

    if he accepts trade him.