Via Wally Matthews -
All indications are the Yankees are inclined to bid farewell to Granderson when he becomes a free agent after this year, for a couple of reasons: Hal Steinbrenner’s $189 million payroll ceiling seems to render it impossible for the club to retain both Granderson and Robinson Cano, and besides, the Yankees don’t seem nearly as in love with Granderson as they were, say, in 2011, when he seemed to have reinvented himself as a home run hitter after struggling in his first season as a Yankee.
Even though Granderson hit 43 home runs last year, the Yankees were dismayed by his soaring strikeout total — a career-high and all-time Yankees record 195 — and plummeting batting average (.232), OBP (.319) and OPS (.811, down from .916 in 2011). Most alarming was his average against left-handed pitching, which fell to .218 after having risen to .272 in 2011.
Plus, the talk of switching him to left in favor of Brett Gardner in center also seems to indicate the Yankees aren’t in love with Granderson’s defense anymore, either. According to the website FanGraphs.com, Granderson ranked at or near the bottom in every advanced defensive metric among every-day center fielders.
This all said, was it a mistake for the Yankees to trade Phil Coke, Ian Kennedy and Austin Jackson for Curtis Granderson?