The New York Yankees could use some outfield depth, and are reportedly interested in old friend Curtis Granderson.
When healthy, the New York Yankees have one of baseball’s best outfields. The only problem at the moment is that their collective bill of health is far from full strength.
A chip fracture in Aaron Judge’s wrist will keep the slugger out of action for a few weeks. The first person to get the call from Triple-A to take his place would normally be Clint Frazier, but he’s currently recovering from a concussion. The Bronx Bombers are a little thin on legitimate outfield depth, so why not investigate bringing Curtis Granderson back to the boogie down, right?
If they’re serious about a reunion, they could have some competition, as MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2018
There is nothing about this potential trade that would be a bad thing for the Yankees. Grandy has experience as both a starter and bench player, has posted a 106 wRC+ through 294 plate appearances this year entering Monday night, has plenty of playoff experience, and is a tremendous clubhouse presence.
Oh, and he knows what to expect from New York City thanks to past stints with both the Yankees and New York Mets.
With the Blue Jays falling further out of the playoff picture, selling off an inexpensive rental player like Granderson is a near certainty before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. In all reality, acquiring a right-handed bat would likely be ideal for Brian Cashman and friends since Gary Sanchez is also on the shelf. However, Grandy would be a solid option as a short-term fill-in as well as a depth player in the coming months.