Yankees rumors: Curtis Granderson expects to reach free agency

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Curtis Granderson doesn't expect to reach an agreement on an extension with the Yankees before he hits the open market.

New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, who is entering the final year of his current contract, is expecting to hit the free agent market following the 2013 season, reports Ken Davidoff of The New York Post:

"Especially with this team being the way it has been, historically, the talks of extending guys out before the end typically isn’t their M.O.," the outfielder said yesterday of the Yankees, after visiting P.S. 39 in Staten Island to help students affected by Superstorm Sandy. "If it happens, we’ll address it as that time comes. But I’m just excited to play this year, and then, once we get to the end, we’ll take it at that point."

Last summer the Yankees floated the idea of making an exception to their rule of not negotiating extensions with players until they reach free agency for two of their younger and most productive players, Granderson and Robinson Cano. However, Cano’s agent Scott Boras said they would not be discussing an extension prior to free agency. Granderson’s production dropped off toward the end of the season, causing the Yankees to lose interest in the idea.

Granderson is set to make $15 million in 2013. The 31-year-old hit .232/.319/.492 with 18 doubles, four triples and 43 home runs last season and owns a career line of .262/.341/.492.

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