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Monday, December 14, 2009

I wrote the post below over the weekend and today we have John Lackey signing with the Red Sox, Roy Halladay going to Philly, plus Cliff Lee to pair with King Felix in Seattle. It makes my take on Granderson and the right-handed backup outfield market futile.


Curtis Granderson is an average player, who will play better in MFY Stadium as a pull, fly-ball hitter. If he is replacing, Melky Cabrera in centerfield, then it is a significant upgrade. If he takes time from Johnny Damon, then the MFY got better in the bases and in the field. Regardless, it really only cost them only Austin Jackson or an asset to be traded in the future. The MFY pounced on the distress in Detroit for a nice pickup.

But MFY fans should not get too fired up as many in my office did the morning after the announcement. Granderson can be pitched to and somewhat easily. He may hit a 30+ plus bombs but off of middle relievers and #4 starters with his team already up big. The centerfielder can’t hit southpaws a la Trot Nixon. In close and late games, the opposing team’s LOOGY will be trotting in from the pen to strikeout Granderson in a big spot. The MFY will need to have a RHB to pinch hit for him in the aforementioned scenarios. The RH/OF market may be heating up as both superpowers’ need the Roccos, Gabes, Noonans and Reed Johnsons of the world.


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