Yankees consider moving Granderson to LF, with Gardner in CF
The Yankees are considering an outfield switch that would see Brett Gardner take over in center field next year, with Curtis Granderson moving to a corner spot. Gardner is clearly the better defensive player, so if both are going to play, it could make sense for him to take over in center. But Granderson hasn't started a game in left field since 2005.
Curtis Granderson might not be the Yankees center fielder next year.
He could be in left field, instead.
The Yankees are considering an outfield switch that would see Brett Gardner in center, with Granderson moving to a corner spot, sources say. While they believe they have two capable center fielders, Gardner is clearly the better defensive player.
If both Granderson and Gardner are going to play every day -- and it appears they will -- it could make sense for Gardner to take over in center.
Granderson hasn't played anywhere but center field since 2007, when he made two late-inning appearances for the Tigers in left field (with Cameron Maybin in center). He started two games in left in 2005, when he was just beginning to establish himself as a major league player.
While Granderson struggled offensively at the plate in the postseason (3-for-30, with one home run and 16 strikeouts), the Yankees seem to have more concerns about his defense than his offense. Granderson's batting average slipped to .232 and his strikeouts soared to a career-high 195 this year, but his 43 home runs were tied for second in the majors, just one behind his ex-teammate Miguel Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown.
Gardner missed most of the 2012 season with an elbow injury that required surgery. He shared the center field job with Melky Cabrera in 2009, then moved to left field the following year after the Yankees traded for Granderson.