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New York Yankees Exercise Options for Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, David Aardsma

October 29th, 2012 at 1:34 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees have officially announced they have exercised the 2013 team options for second baseman Robinson Cano, center fielder Curtis Granderson, and reliever David Aardsma

'Robinson Cano' photo (c) 2009, Tom Thai - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Cano, 30, will earn $15 million next season. Despite his recent postseason struggles, the three-time Silver Slugger hit .313 with a career-high 33 home runs and 94 RBI in 2012. Cano will become a free agent after the 2013 season and will demand a high-paying long-term deal. 

Granderson, 31, will also earn $15 million next season. He struggled this postseason as well, but hit 43 home runs with 106 RBI this year, making him the only player in Major League Baseball to hit 40 or more home runs in the past two consecutive seasons. 

Aardsma, 30, will receive $500k next season with incentives giving him a chance to earn more. He appeared in just one game for the Yankees this season, allowing one hit and one run in an inning of work. However, he was recovering from Tommy John surgery and hadn't pitched since 2010, so the Yankees had expected him to miss most of the season. In his final two seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Aardsma saved 69 games as the team's closer, so New York expects him to contribute as a late-inning reliever in 2013. 

With Granderson now locked up as the team's center fielder, New York will focus on left and right field as Brett Gardner recovers from an elbow injury and Ichiro Suzuki, Nick Swisher, Andruw Jones, and Raul Ibanez all test free agency. Aardsma gives the Yankees one option at closer, but the Yankees will have decisions to make with that position as well, as Rafael Soriano contemplates leaving for a long-term deal and Mariano Rivera considers retiring. 

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