Granderson points toward declining the qualifying offer

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Curtis Granderson appeared on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio and was asked about his free agency and his future with the Yankees organization.

"Well, it's definitely something you've got to think about and I appreciate the Yankees extending that offer to me," Granderson said. "You definitely got to continue to weigh all your options to see what's the best fit for you. Is it doing something like you said, the qualifying offer and going back out there again, or seeing what else is out there? You know, 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. The days of 'I don't want to play for those teams' are kind of over with now, which is a great thing for baseball and fans in general. Because everybody's got an opportunity to step up, surprise you, get things going, their minor league systems are great, and have a chance to win."

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"You know what's crazy?" Granderson said. "A lot of people have been asking me, ‘Has the media been talking to you a lot about it?' I go, ‘Being out in the community here in Chicago now, that's my big question amongst just fans. ‘Hey, are you coming home?' And then the big question is ‘Which home, Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox?' I'm excited that there is interest and there's buzz and people are willing and excited to see what I'm going to do. But the process is here, it's underway, and just excited to see how it is all going to happen. I've enjoyed my time with New York and we've got to see what's going to happen there first but I'm open for everything. Let's just see how it is all going to end up happening and see what happens with the Yankees first."

It seems that he will ultimately decline the offer and become a free agent. He has within a week to accept or deny the $14.1 million qualifying offer. If the Yankees are looking to make a big splash in free agency, it might be better to have that money and ensure they have at least one first round draft pick. If he declines, he will have a draft pick attached to his name and any team that sign his will forfeit their first round pick (unless protected) and give the Yankees a supplemental pick.

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