No deal close, but Yankees' Granderson could be traded: Report
Barely more than a month ago, the Yankees exercised a $15 million option on Curtis Granderson, and they've reportedly been trying to trade him ever since.
A report in the New York Daily News said Wednesday the team has been "quietly shopping" their center fielder since early November, according to a source. However, the team isn't close on any deal.
Granderson, who will be 32 at the start of next season, hit a career-high 43 homers last season, but a career-worst 195 strikeouts contributed to a .232 batting average, another career low.
Still, Granderson's power bat and defensive capabilities in the outfield will make him a hot commodity when he hits the free-agent market next offseason. With the Yankees looking to slash payroll before 2014, the numbers likely don't add up to him playing in pinstripes by then.
The Yankees already were thinking of moving Granderson to left or right field, allowing Brett Gardner to return to center. If the team does move Granderson and lose Nick Swisher to free agency this offseason as expected, they will have holes at both corner outfield spots.
Meanwhile, reports indicate Swisher is waiting for top free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton to sign before making his decision, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says he favors playing for the World Series champion Giants.
Youk might be too costly an option at 3B
With Alex Rodriguez expected to miss half the 2013 season - manager Joe Girardi told Newsday on Tuesday it may be even longer - the Yankees appear to need more than just a springtime fill-in at third base.
Three-time All-Star Kevin Youkilis is among the top free agents on the market at the position and his representatives have spoken with Yankees GM Brian Cashman, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. However, the Yankees might not be willing to pay a premium for his services, even on a one-year deal.
Passing on Youkilis might not be the worst plan. The former Red Sox and White Sox infielder hasn't played more than 122 games since 2009, and his .246 batting average over the last two injury-plagued seasons is far below his career average of .283.
With Youkilis reportedly fielding numerous offers ranging from one-year deals to multi-year contracts, according to Speier, the Yankees may need to look elsewhere. But they are quickly running out of options with former Yankee Eric Chavez, Jeff Keppinger and Marco Scurato now off the market.
Power-hitting Mark Reynolds, who burned the Yankees a few times last season with the Orioles, is available and the team is having discussions with his representatives, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Reynolds' low batting average and poor glove are major knocks, but he did hit .321 with four homers at Yankee Stadium last season.