Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Granderson could end Damon's Yankee career

The Yankees are reportedly in talks with Detroit and Arizona about a 3-team trade that would bring Curtis Granderson to New York. If the Yankees get Granderson, that would likely end Johnny Damon's career in pinstripes.
Granderson would certainly help the Yankees in their quest to get younger (only 28 years old). He is also a Linkcheaper option than Damon with a contract that pays him $5.5 million in 2010 and $8.25 million in 2011. But I'm not that impressed with Granderson as a player. His lifetime batting average is a relatively low .272 with a .344 on-base percentage and he strikes out a lot (141 times in 2009).
Perhaps talk of a deal could pressure Damon to sign quickly (Scott Boras reportedly likes to drag contract negotiations out to get the best deal) and for fewer years and dollars than he would like. But Granderson fits Brian Cashman's plan to get younger, which the Yanks can only do one position at a time with so many players locked in with long-term deals.
If it does mean Damon's time in pinstripes will come to an end, many Yankee fans will be disappointed as they grew fond of Damon despite coming from the hated Red Sox.
Thanks to Kevin.Ward via Wikipedia for the photo.

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