Brian Cashman has had time to reflect on Curtis Granderson's flameout during the Yankees' ALCS loss to the Tigers, but the general manager's opinion hasn't changed.

"To get 43 home runs from a center fielder isn't easy," Cashman said yesterday. "And I don't think one series erases that."

Granderson's future is on the list of things Cashman has to figure out with the Yankees staying home instead of going to the World Series. With a $15 million team option for 2013, Granderson figures to be a lock to be picked up for next season despite the poor showing against Detroit, when he went 0-for-11 with two walks in the four-game sweep.

And if Alex Rodriguez's benching didn't draw so much attention, the struggling center fielder's issues would have been even more glaring.

Although he was replaced in center by Brett Gardner in Game 4, Rodriguez's problems at third base — with five years and $114 million heading his way — made Granderson's problems secondary.