By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - On Friday, two ex-New York Yankees signed contracts totaling $300 million to move a combined 2,866 miles away from Yankee Stadium.
Robinson Cano going to the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million accounts for 2,856 of those miles, while Curtis Granderson is just a borough away after inking a four-year deal with the New York Mets.
The knee-jerk reaction is to suggest that both players will be worse off moving away from hitter-friendly (especially for lefties) Yankee Stadium and the high-powered Yankees lineup.
In this case, the knee-jerk reaction is right, to a degree.
Cano is the type of player who hits everywhere -- he has a career .312 average and .862 OPS on the road, compared to .305 and .858 at home.
But he has averaged one home run for every 6.2 games at Yankee Stadium in his career, and one per 7.4 games on the road.
Throw in the Safeco Field factor and Cano may struggle to hit 25 home runs in 2014.
Still, getting a .310 average, 20 home runs, 100 RBI, 80 runs and an .850 OPS from Cano will give him late first-round value.
But what about Granderson?
He was limited to just 61 games last season by a broken arm and hand, both of which were the result of getting hit by a pitch.
When he was on the field, he posted an 11.3 percent HR/FB, his worst since 2007 and a decline from 24.2 percent in 2012.
From 2010-12, Granderson slugged 108 home runs; 61 of them came in the Bronx.
Citi Field has dimensions of 330 feet down the right-field line, 375 feet in right field and 398 in right-center, while Yankee Stadium boasts 314, 353 and 385, respectively.
Fantasy owners cannot go into 2014 expecting Granderson to hit 40 home runs for the third time in the last four years. Not at age 33 and in that ballpark.
Granderson also scored a major-league high 136 runs in 2011 and 102 runs in 2012. Those numbers go out the window playing across town.
The Mets scored 619 runs last season, 23rd in baseball. Daniel Murphy led the team with 92 runs, but nobody else had more than 63.
Granderson has speed, but his career high in steals in 26, and that came back in 2007. He swiped 25 bags in 2011, 10 in 2012 and eight in 61 games last season. Fifteen steals in 2014 is a safe projection for the outfielder.
So we're looking at a player who has hit .246 in his last 2490 at-bats and will likely offer 30 home runs, 85 RBI, 80 runs and 15 steals in a best-case scenario.
If he hits .245 it will be enough to make him a third outfielder in 10-team fantasy leagues, but there's a strong chance he'll bat closer to .230, especially if he doesn't adjust his pull- and fly-ball heavy approach at the plate.
Granderson may not be moving far from his old digs at Yankee Stadium, but his fantasy value could be 2,000 miles away.
12/06 18:19:19 ET