Archive for the ‘Curtis Granderson’ Category

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers

Most free agent choices aren’t actually choices at all. Rarely is a bidding team in on more than one player of the same position, it seems to me. They might inquire on more than one guy but generally seem to settle into on a particular player, for whatever reason.

The 2013 feeding frenzy season is upon us. None of the big fish are in the boat yet, all the teams angling (!) for an upgrade have some interesting choices to make.

Say you’re in the market for a corner outfielder. There are some nice names to pick through. Somebody is going to throw a whole pile of money at a player who might not deliver on their promise. Somebody else might make a nice little value pick up at a fraction of the cost. Turns out the two players are more similar than it seems.

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Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

The Yankees finally embraced sanity Monday and extended a qualifying offer to outfielder Curtis Granderson. The move was a no-brainer not just because of Granderson’s outstanding quality as a player — he has hit .245/.335/.495 (120 OPS+) with generally solid outfield defense for the Yankees over the past four seasons — but because center fielders of his quality rarely hit the free agent market, and when they do, they are worth well more than one year at $14 million.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but free agency is typically only the place to upgrade at the “older” positions — corner infielders, corner outfielders, relief pitchers, catchers or back-of-the-rotation starters. Occasionally, a big-time second baseman, shortstop, ace starter will come on the market and break the bank.

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New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

The New York Yankees will be without All-Star outfielder Curtis Granderson for the first two months of the season after X-rays revealed a fractured forearm after being hit by a pitch Sunday.

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An umpire gets drilled with a backswing, a 55-foot fastball, a behind the back catch, and ninjas… it’s the Getting Blanked GIFs of the week. We lead this instalment with a second-run of Curtis Granderson eating a Freezee because Curtis Granderson eating a Freezee is one of the greatest things we’ve ever witnessed. A couple of these GIFs are rather large, so apologies in advance for the destruction your browser will meet today.

Here’s the rest of the GIFs that have kept us entertained over the past seven days.

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Well, presented with minimal comment: Curtis Granderson eating a Freezee after hitting a home run. Just like little league!