Curtis Granderson was among the free agents given a qualifying offer, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the center fielder is expected to reject the one-year, $14.1 million deal from the Yankees in favor of the open market.
That’s certainly not a shock–the Yankees were likely banking on that decision when they made their decision–but Rosenthal writes that even though the attached draft pick compensation will hurt Granderson’s market value he “will get paid” and speculates that it may come from a team with a first-round pick high enough to be protected.
Granderson is from Chicago and that list of teams with a protected first-rounder includes the Cubs and White Sox. Giving up a second-rounder to sign Granderson would no doubt be a lot more palatable to some teams.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.