The New York Yankees have found themselves to be in a bit of a predicament in regards to outfielder, Curtis Granderson. The free agent to be is looking for a pretty lucrative deal, one that the Yankees aren’t willing to give after Granderson suffered two freak injuries this past season.
Add in his sub-par play and the Yankees don’t feel he’s worth the $14 million dollar qualifying offer he’s set to receive, assuming the Bronx Bombers extend that to him.
The Yankees, assuming they do offer the qualifying offer to Granderson would be awarded with a draft pick if he was to sign elsewhere, however, there’s concern that Granderson may accept the one-year deal if the Yankees make the offer:
Granderson would likely decline the offer, and figures to reap a sizable, multi-year deal on the open market. But the team still worries he might accept, which would add another $14.1 million to their payroll for 2014. Granderson is an affordable player at that price, but the team would prefer to allocate the money elsewhere.
In short, it comes down to a game of chicken. Is Granderson worth that potential draft pick, knowing the other option is a $14 million dollar contract on your books?