While the Yankees have had “a conversation or two” about offering an extension to Robinson Cano this offseason, according to Hal Steinbrenner, they have yet to reach out to Curtis Granderson as he enters the final year of his contract. Not surprisingly, Granderson said he would listen if they wanted to talk. “Definitely,” said Granderson, who is set to become a free agent for the first time after the season. “I’d be a fool not to. It’s been a great organization, it’s been a great team. I’ve enjoyed my three seasons here and I’m so excited about this fourth season. Hopefully it isn’t the last one.” A bounce-back season by the center fielder would go a long way toward ensuring he stays in pinstripes. After a terrific season in 2011, when he finished fourth in the AL MVP voting, Granderson slipped a year ago. He hit 43 homers and drove in 106 runs, but he struck out 195 times and his OPS fell from .916 to .811. Granderson followed that up with a nightmarish postseason, going just 3-for-19 against the Orioles in the ALDS before an 0-for-11 disaster in the ALCS sweep by the Tigers. Despite those struggles, which included a combined 16 strikeouts in 33 playoff plate appearances, Granderson said he does not intend to make any significant adjustments heading into this season. “I’ve had some people say, ‘You strike out too much’ and I start thinking, ‘What’s a good number? Is there a good number?’ ” Granderson said. “And there isn’t. It’s going to happen. If I can get a little more consistent, hopefully not get to two strikes as much and get a little more aggressive, I think that’s going to translate to good things.” He altered his offseason routine a bit after chatting with Ichiro Suzuki.
Yankees' Granderson can ‘deal’ with shift to left field
New York Post | Feb 12