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Yankees considering using Curtis Granderson in corner outfield spot, Brett Gardner in center field

Nov 1, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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It’s surprising this hasn’t been a bigger controversy at some point over the past three years, but the Yankees are finally considering making a change in center field.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com hears that the Yankees are mulling over moving Curtis Granderson to a corner outfield spot and using Brett Gardner in center field. While the Yankees believe that both players are quality options in center field, they feel that Gardner is the superior defender. Hard to argue with them there.

While this sounds like a great idea on paper, it would be a bit of an adjustment for Granderson, who hasn’t played anywhere other than center field since 2007 as a member of the Tigers. He has played a grand total of 22 games (three starts) in left field over nine seasons in the majors and none in right field. Gardner was limited to just 16 games this season due to an elbow injury which required surgery.

  1. djpostl - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Granderson gets terrible reads, has serious depth perception issues on balls that are 50/50 on going in or coming back. He needs to be shifted but I don’t see him making a smooth transition tbh.

    • vallewho - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      didn’t he go to get his eyes checked out..after the LCS?..or was that someone else?

      • djpostl - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        He had previously had them checked (and started wearing contacts) shortly after joining the Yankees but yeah, they were talking about sending him back to the eye doctor again.

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I’m a fan of the grandy man but they”re right he reads the ball way to late the reason he makes so many amazing diving catches is simply because he read the ball late and barely gets to it. gardener is the better choice and its best for the team…get ichiro and you have a better defensive outfield then last year

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      Ichiro in right (due to his arm), Gardner in CF, and Granderson in LF would be a great defensive outfield. It’d be a drop in offense, but a run saved is equivalent to a run scored.

      • bozosforall - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        Actually, Ichiro would get on base more, giving the rest of the Yankees more opportunities to drive in runs.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

        I don’t know that Ichiro gets on base more than Swisher these day (which I what I saw as the comparison).

  3. anxovies - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Granderson gets it done pretty well in CF but he does has some hairy moments. Because of the drop in average this year the Yankees sent him to have his eyes checked. I wonder if the bad reads in CF aren’t also a symptom.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    My jaded side thinks this could be a ploy to suppress his free agent price tag in his walk year, since a 40 HR left fielder gets paid way less than a 40 HR center fielder.

    Either way, it is probably best for the team. Gardner, Granderson and someone like Ichiro or Hunter in right would make a pretty awesome defensive OF.

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