NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Curtis Granderson and the Yankees appear to want each other.
There’s likely going to be significant changes made in the Bronx after the Bombers finished 85-77 and missed the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years.
Granderson, 32, will be a free agent after the playoffs, but his agent told the NY Post on Wednesday that the veteran outfielder doesn’t want to go anywhere.
“That’s his first choice,” agent Matt Brown said. “He absolutely wants to stay there.”
After hitting a combined 84 home runs and driving in 225 runs over the previous two seasons, Granderson never really got started in 2013. He was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken right forearm early in spring training and then, less than two weeks after returning, was hit on his left hand and suffered a broken pinky. When he finally did return he had missed 100 games and managed just a .229 average, 7 home runs and 15 RBIs the rest of the way.
“There’s no getting around missing 100 games the year you’re becoming a free agent isn’t great,” Brown told the Post.
The Yankees have hinted that they plan to try to come in under the $189 million luxury tax payroll threshold next season. However, general manager Brian Cashman recently told WFAN’s Mike Francesa nothing is set in stone.
It’s believed the Yankees could offer Granderson a qualifying offer of slightly less than $14 million, about $1 million less than he made in 2013, the Post reported.
“It looks like we’re probably headed down that road,” Brown said. “But I think people remember what he did the previous two years.”
Granderson could test the market and see what it will bear. And if he does, it’s possible Boston and Texas could have interest, the Post reported.
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