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The White Sox will try to sign Curtis Granderson

Oct 7, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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It’s a bit early for the hot stove to start firing up, but we gotta kill time until the A’s-Tigers game starts, right? According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox are planning a hard push this offseason for free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Which, OK, the Sox are kind of a mess and need to rebuild, and a 32 year-old outfielder who spent most of 2013 injures is usually not the stuff of rebuilding.  At the same time, however, there’s no rule that says every rebuilding club has to level the old structure and start fresh. Granderson could put some butts in seats and, if the Indians and Tigers falter, could put the Sox in something akin to contention with a bounce back year.

OK, now baseball games. We’ll talk about this stuff more in a month.

  1. primetimewr9 - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I’m sure Granderson would welcome the move as he’s a Chicago native and spends a lot of time there any how.

  2. earpaniac - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I’m a Sox fan, and my one question is: Why? They have proved they are way behind the other Central teams, Granderson won’t put that many people in the stands, Granderson will be an improvement over what they have, but won’t make that much of a difference. The Sox aren’t close, and this just seems dumb, unless he is just the first in a cavalcade of FAs they are bringing in. And you know dang well Reinsdorf ain’t doing that.

    • tuberippin - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      They want to make sure they have an overpaid position player in the lineup with Alex Rios gone and Adam Dunn & Paul Konerko potentially retiring.

  3. jlovenotjlo - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I love signing an accomplished south sider like Granderson, however… The White Sox have continually drafted and traded for outfielders. They desperately need a catcher and a big bat at 1st base.

    Still, this Chicago south sider would love to have Granderson. Give me something to cheer about.

  4. chip56 - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    As a person, Granderson would be a great addition to the White Sox, especially if Konerko retires. He would do a lot of good in the community and be a fantastic spokesman/leader for a team that is going to be bringing in a lot of young players.

    On the field. He’s ok in Center – better in a corner and the combination of he and Adam Dunn will hit a lot of home runs but they’ll also have a ton of no contact 0-4 nights.

    • anxovies - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Having watched almost every game that he has played for the Yankees, he is better in CF than you think. He has a decent arm, makes very few mistakes and is very fast in the outfield and on the bases. He has considerable power and his only downside is that he strikes out too much and still has trouble with LH pitching. I hope the Yankees try to sign him but if there is a bidding war I don’t think they will.

      • chip56 - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        I’m not saying he’s a bad CF – just that he’s not as good as he used to be.

        I think the Yankees will make him a qualifying offer but that’s as far as they’ll go with it.

  5. bigharold - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    “.. a 32 year-old outfielder who spent most of 2013 injures is usually not the stuff of rebuilding.”

    Giving Granderson a hard time about last years injuries is piling on. He had broken bones as a result HBP. The Sox could do a lot worse. Granderson does strike out a lot but he also has 40 HR potential and speed on the base paths. He plays very good defense and he’s an excellent teammate. I realize the Yankees could afford him but will choose not to but I’d love it if he was in the mix for an OF spot for the Yankees next year.

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