Elaborating on a story posted last week per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, where general manager Brian Cashman did not rule out the possibility of center fielder Curtis Granderson swapping positions with left fielder Brett Gardner, Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger confirms that Granderson would be open to the proposed swap,
“Curtis Granderson said he's open to shifting to LF. Also open to an extension, but says he hasn't been approached by agent about any talks.”
From a defensive perspective, Gardner does have better range and a slightly better arm, so such a move would potentially make sense. Moreover, with less room to cover if moved to left field, Granderson would have more opportunity to save his energy for his impressive offensive prowess, which includes back-to-back 40-plus home run seasons in 2011 and 2012.
While Granderson and his left-handed bat have acclimated well with the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium, he is a free agent following this season, and with next offseason's focus expected to be on fellow free agent second baseman Robinson Cano, it's hard to speculate the reality of Granderson extending his time in the Bronx.
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