Ranking the American League East: Who has the best center fielder?
How does the AL East -- likely the deepest in baseball -- stack up from position to position? This spring we're giving you an opportunity to vote for who has the edge at each spot.
Today, we break down the center fielders.
If you missed our previous polls, check them out here:
-- David Selig
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New York Yankees - Curtis Granderson( Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun / October 12, 2012 )
A broken forearm will keep Granderson out of the Yankees lineup until at least May. New York had started to experiment with him in left field, but because he hasn't had a chance to get many reps out there, he'll likely return as the center fielder.
From an offensive perspective, Granderson is anything but your typical center fielder. He struck out 195 times last season and batted just .232. But he also clubbed 43 HRs to go with 106 RBIs and 102 runs.
His left-handed stroke seems to have been built for Yankee Stadium, so they'll be hoping for a speedy recovery in the Bronx. In the meantime, the newly acquired Vernon Wells will see more at-bats, likely in left field with Brett Gardner playing in center.