Curtis Granderson says he appreciates Yankees offer, but he'll weigh his options
Curtis Granderson said he'll give serious consideration to the Yankees' $14.1 million qualifying offer but made it equally clear he'll weigh all his options.
In other words, he didn't give much indication of the direction he's leaning.
"It's definitely something you've got to think about and I appreciate the Yankees extending that offer to me," Granderson said Tuesday morning during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.
But . . .
"You definitely got to continue to weigh all your options to see what's the best fit for you," Granderson continued. " . . . You know, there are 29 other ballclubs out there and we're now at a point where every team has the chance to be a contender here in the near future."
Meaning, teams can't automatically be eliminated because they might not be traditional winners.
"The days of 'I don't want to play for those teams' are kind of over with now, which is a great thing for baseball and fans in general," Granderson said. "Because everybody's got an opportunity to step up, surprise you, get things going . . . and have a chance to win."
The Yankees extended qualifying offers to three of their free agents Monday: Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Granderson. The offers assure the Yankees of receiving a compensatory draft pick if any of them sign with another team.
Granderson, a native of Blue Island, Ill., didn't dispute the pull of his hometown Cubs or White Sox being a potential factor.
"Being out in the community here in Chicago now, that's my big question amongst just fans," he said. " 'Hey, are you coming home?' And then the big question is 'Which home, Chicago Cubs or Chicago White Sox?' I'm excited that there is interest and there's buzz and people are willing and excited to see what I'm going to do."
Granderson, however, sounded like a player willing to take his time. Anyone receiving a qualifying offer has until Monday to accept or decline. Declining doesn't mean Granderson won't be back with the Yankees; rather the two sides would have to strike a different deal.
"The process is here, it's underway, and just excited to see how it is all going to happen," Granderson said "I've enjoyed my time with New York and we've got to see what's going to happen there first but I'm open for everything."
Jay Z being investigated. The Major League Baseball Players Association is investigating if Jay Z violated the union's rules relating to agents and gifts to players by giving his highest profile client, Cano, a $33,900 watch during a birthday celebration in Belgium, according to a report by ESPN. The MLBPA prohibits agents from showering players with money and/or "things of value" as a way "to induce or encourage such player to use or continue to use any person's or firm's services as a Player Agent, Representative, or Draft Advisor." Cano is represented by Creative Artists Agency and Jay Z's Roc Nation after making the switch from Scott Boras last April.