GM Brian Cashman has consistently maintained the commitment to shelling out cash for the maintenance of one of baseball's best rosters. That makes Monday's report by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News not particularly surprising:
The Yankees have chosen to exercise the options for the 2013 season for RHP David Aardsma, 2B Robinson Cano and CF Curtis Granderson.
— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) October 29, 2012
After leading the American League in RBI in 2011, Granderson followed up his Silver Slugger Award-winning campaign with a career-high 43 home runs this season. Meanwhile, Cano enjoyed another fine year himself, falling just four hits short of his third 200-hit season and clocking 33 homers, a personal best.
Neither All-Star justified the big money coming their way this postseason, though.
Typically one of the best all-around hitters in the game with a .308 career average, Cano went 3-for-40 at the dish in the 2012 postseason. Granderson wasn't much better, posting a .100 average as the Yanks were swept in the ALCS by the Detroit Tigers.
The power these two bring to Joe Girardi's lineup would have been difficult to replace, and the Yankees had the financial firepower to bring them both back.
Picking up the players' options reinforces the organization's confidence in the duo.
That instilled confidence, along with the win-now nature of the one-year option, could push Cano and Granderson to perform better and ensure the Yankees make it to the 2013 playoffs, when these two will likely be pressured to redeem themselves after this year's performance.