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Curtis Granderson is the Yankees' centerfielder

Feb 24, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

There had been a lot of noise about Curtis Granderson moving to left field now that he’s with the Yankees, but yesterday on XM’s Home Plate show, Brian Cashman said “Granderson is out centerfielder.”  Oh, he hedged it a bit and noted that Brett Gardner would be an outstanding centerfielder, but the Granderson is going to be the man.

Which probably makes sense even if Gardner is a better defender. Why? Because it’s a pretty good bet that Gardner is going to be on some sort of platoon or rotation with Randy Winn and/or Marcus Thames, and it makes way more sense to swap all of them out in left than it would for Granderson to have to bop back and forth depending on which of those three is in the lineup on a given day.

  1. themarksmith - Feb 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    Why would it be so bad to have Granderson “bop back and forth”? I realize we like consistency, and we don’t want to look at Granderson’s stats and see 110 games in center and 40 in left. However, is it really that hard for a guy to move like that? There’s nothing particularly challenging (dimensions, funny walls) about the Yankee outfield. If Gardner is the better centerfielder (UZR says he is, though it is a rather small sample), then let him play center while he’s out there. Then, Granderson’s power bat fits LF better than Gardner’s (though I’ve never been really sure why it matters where production comes from). In this scenario, you always have the best possible defensive outfield. Yes, it is cleaner to have the rotation out in left, but I’m not sure it is a better idea.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Feb 24, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    I was not a big fan of the trade that brought Granderson to the Yankees because Brett Gardner was able to take over center field and I thought the Yanks gave up too much to get him. Since the trade is completed however, I would rather see him in center than anywhere else, that is what he is a center fielder and for some reason the management thought they needed a center fielder, so play him there. I really hope that his hitting improves, especially against lefties. This discussion will come up again next year or at the trading deadline this year when we add Carl Crawford.

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