Curtis Granderson has been a topic of debate, disappointment, or resentment lately, depending on how you think this season impacts his future with the Yankees and what you think of Austin Jackson. You all already know what I think.
Rob Neyer weighed in on the subject twice - first here and then here. It's interesting to look at it this way. We, the fans, always stand at the sidelines and second guess every move that doesn't work and applaud every one that does. GMs can't do this. They can only use the information they have at the moment to make what they think is the best decision.
Think about that for a minute.
The Yankees needed an outfielder last offseason. Johnny Damon wasn't going to play forever, and Melky Cabrera, while certainly a solid role player, wasn't a star. If we're being honest, nobody really knew what to expect out of Brett Gardner or Austin Jackson. Not wanting to rely on old, marginal, or unproven players, and not wanting to break the bank for Matt Holliday (or wait a year and break the bank for Carl Crawford), Brian Cashman made a trade for a proven outfielder that was signed for a lower salary and fewer years than anybody he'd be able to acquire via free agency. Anytime you can do that, it's rarely a bad move.
Despite all the drama and controversey, Johnny Damon, Curtis Granderson, and Austin Jackson are only separated by about .5 WAR this season, and considering the issues surrounding all three of them, it would not surprise me to see that trend continue next year. Time will tell what happens, but five years from now I highly doubt this will be looked back on as a horrible trade.
- It's About The Money ponders wether it's time to bring up Jesus Montero. At this point, Francisco Cervelli is about one more bad week removed from falling into Jose Molina territory with the bat. Again, I won't rehash the argument we had last year, but when you have a replacement level bat, it's nearly physically impossible to do enough good work with the glove to make up for it.
- River Avenue Blues takes a look at Brett Gardner's recent struggles, and I hope nobody is jumping to any conclusions too soon. Whether he winds up remaing the starting left fielder or merely turns into a very good fourth outfielder, he provides a lot of value for his salary and is somebody worth hanging on to (at least until 2012 when he hits arbitration).