This time yesterday afternoon, it appeared that the Yankees had finished their heavy lifting before the the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. With J.A. Happ and Zach Britton in the mix, Brian Cashman could wait to see if anything came his way. The club’s weaknesses had been addressed. Then Aaron Judge suffered a broken wrist and landed on the disabled list, changing the equation entirely.
Between Judge and Gary Sanchez slated to miss the month of August, the Yankees have a problem on their hands. The team built up a nice cushion in the first half, but losing two out of the three best power hitters on the club will come up costly, especially with a tough division race in the forecast.
Combine that with the fact that the trade deadline remains a few days away, one figures that Cashman is working the phone, trying to reel in someone to round out the lineup. A cornucopia of names have surfaced, though nothing concrete. With that in mind, it makes sense to examine some of the most interesting targets, beginning with Curtis Granderon.
Granderson, 37, is certainly available as the Blue Jays are open for business. The outfielder has hit .229/.332/.408 with nine home runs in 83 games with Toronto. He has a noticeable platoon split as well, posting a 28 wRC+ against left-handed batters and 111 wRC+ versus right-handers.
One thing to consider when discussing Granderson is his ability to hit for power. After bottoming out in the hard contact department two weeks ago, he’s begun to climb out of the hole.
A Granderson reunion gives off some 2013 Alfonso Soriano vibes, doesn’t it? A Yankees club needing an infusion of power brings back an old friend — sounds familiar. Maybe Granderson would experience the same dead cat bounce that Soriano did. It would be pretty sweet to watch him swat dingers at Yankee Stadium down the stretch.
His swing remains tailor made for the Bronx. A lot of those fly ball outs to right field would clear the short porch and go for home runs.
Joel Sherman, however, threw some cold water on the idea. “The subtraction of the righty bat is why the Yankees may be more leaning toward someone such as Miami’s Cameron Maybin or Baltimore’s Danny Valencia as a stopgap rather than Toronto’s lefty-swinging Curtis Granderson,” he explained.
Granderson sounds good on paper for a few reasons. He’s familiar with New York, can play the outfield, and would return to a bench role when Judge comes back. He fits a positional need without creating a logjam, and won’t cost a premium in prospects. If nothing else, this would be the fan favorite move. Should the Yankees want a right-handed bat to compete against the Red Sox army of southpaws, however, then a reunion with Granderson looks unlikely.
What do you think? Would you welcome The Grandyman back? Or should the Yankeses pursue someone else? Let us know in the comment section!