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Curtis Granderson to Boston?

I would like to go on record as saying this: I started this rumor.

But would anyone object to this? Batting 2nd and playing RF, number 12, Curtis. Granderson.

Let's face it: It's going to take A LOT to sign Jacoby Ellsbury back, and I think Red Sox Nation is at peace with letting him go should the price run too high.

Signing Curtis Granderson to play RF, and moving Shane Victornino to CF could work for Boston. Sure, Granderson won't steal Ellsbury type bases, but give him a truly healthy season and he should hit just as well as Ellsbury and still swipe 12-18 bases. At full strength, Granderson is somewhere between Victorino and Ellsbury, offensively.

Defensively, if Victorino and Granderson prove to be too old to handle CF duties, the Sox have Jackie Bradley, Jr. waiting in the wings. After 2014, when Jonny Gomes' contract runs out, we could be looking at an outfield of Granderson, Bradley, Jr., and Victorino - pretty solid.

In 2012, his last healthy season, despite a .232 average (which doesn't really matter anymore) Granderson had an OPS of .811, and an offensive WAR of 4.2. Sure, a great chunk of his OPS was helped by Yankee Stadium's short right field, and his career-high 43 home runs. But those home runs would turn into doubles and triples at Fenway. Let's look at Granderson's last 3 seasons in a cavernous Detroit ballpark:

2007: 38 doubles, 23 triples, and 23 HR

2008: 26 doubles, 13 triples, and 22 HR (despite missing 20 games)

2009: 28 doubles, 8 triples, and 30 HR

I know he spent 4 seasons with the enemy. And I know he's had two down years in terms of batting average. But Granderson can still play. And given his numbers of late, he won't be receiving Jacoby Ellsbury money. Just think about it.

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