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Will The Yankees Reunite With Curtis Granderson?

It’s been five years since Curtis Granderson donned the pinstripes, but with Aaron Judge out due to injury, is there potential for a reunion with the Yankees?

Now, it’s no secret Granderson has suffered his fair share of regression after departing for the Mets, posting a slash of .235/.337/.438 since 2014 compared to a .245/.335/.495 line he put up in his four seasons as a Yankee. But it’s hard to ignore that through 85 games this year, he has posted an above league average wRC+ of 107.

With that said, It’d be hard to argue against the former 3x All-Star slotting in at DH through the month of August, just until Judge returns from injury.

UNHINGED BEACHTOWN

Although he’s clearly not what he used to be, Granderson is still putting up a decent 2018 campaign. Here’s how he’s has measured up this season along with his numbers paced across 162 games.

85 Games / 162 Games
  • BA: .234 / .234
  • OBP: .336 / .336
  • SLG: .421 / .421
  • OPS: .756 / .756
  • 2B: 15 / 28
  • 3B: 1 / 2
  • HR: 10 / 20
  • RBI: 59
  • SO: 86 / 163

These stats obviously won’t come close to replicating the production of Aaron Judge, but having Granderson slot into the lineup instead of Shane Robinson certainly would be a boost. Not to mention the return of his pull-heavy swing to the short porch in right field.

If a deal was to get done, which wouldn’t be a tough task at all, here’s what a potential Yankee lineup could look like with Granderson as the DH.

  1. Gardner LF (L)
  2. Stanton RF
  3. Gregorius SS (L)
  4. Hicks CF (S)
  5. Torres 2B
  6. Bird 1B (L)
  7. Andujar/Walker 3B
  8. Granderson DH (L)
  9. Romine C

Factor in that Granderson is owed roughly just $2-2.5 million for the rest of 2018, the only thing that may be holding the Yankees from striking a reunion is if Cashman has a bigger splash in mind. But for now, it seems almost like a perfect fit to hold down the fort until Aaron Judge can return to the Bronx.

 

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