Yankees don't give extensions, and Curtis Granderson is OK with that
The dance the Mets just did with R.A. Dickey about a contract extension wouldn't have happened if he were a Yankee. The Yankees don't talk extensions with their players when they have a year left on their contracts, as Dickey did.
Curtis Granderson knows this. The centerfielder isn't expecting any negotiations to take place until after the 2013 season, when his contract will expire.
"You've got to understand their history,'' Granderson said Monday in Manhattan during a break in a day of charity work to help superstorm Sandy victims. "It's not their M.O. to discuss that prior to. If it happens and they change, of course we'll handle it when it gets to that point. I'm excited about this season. I want to win a championship. I've been close, and close isn't satisfying enough for me. At the end of the season, we'll handle everything at that point.''
Contractually, Granderson may be joined at the hip with Robinson Cano, who also will be a free agent after 2013. With the Yankees seemingly committed to getting their payroll under $189 million by 2014, it's hard to see how they can fit both players in with lucrative long-term deals. But Granderson doesn't seem too worried about it.
"Financially, things can still work its way out in a way that will be good,'' he said. "Obviously, both sides want to be happy. I'm happy here and I'd love to remain here. Hopefully, they feel the same way about me. I'd like to remain in pinstripes as long as I could.''
In 2012, Granderson, 31, batted .232 with 43 homers and 106 RBIs. He was 3-for-30 and struck out 16 times in the playoffs.
He was in Japan promoting baseball when the Yankees reached a contract agreement with Ichiro Suzuki. "That was great,'' he said. "Every interview, every outlet asked, 'How's [Hiroki] Kuroda, how's Ichiro, tell us something about them.' Obviously, great to have one of the best hitters in the game with us. You saw what he did with us last year. The fans love him, the players love him, the organization loves him. It's definitely going to be a good thing.''
Granderson did a good thing Monday with his Grand Kids Foundation. He took a walking tour of Staten Island areas hit hard by Sandy before visiting P.S. 39 there and handing out backpacks with school supplies in midtown Manhattan.
"The stories I had heard, the videos and photos I had seen, and now actually seeing it -- all the other stuff doesn't do it justice until you're actually out there,'' he said. "The devastation and the community as a whole to be turned over like that. But then to see families that are out there, communicate with them, talk about their story, people helping out, putting aside any differences, that's great.
"Obviously, the Yankee fans are everywhere. In a matter of minutes, the number of people I met who just smiled and wanted to take a photo, knowing what had just happened to them and their families, that's why we play the game. It's because of them we get an opportunity to do it.''