The Yankees elected to bring back two of their sluggers on Monday, as well as a reliever.
The New York Yankees have announced they will pick up the 2013 options on Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and David Aardsma. The club had until Wednesday to decide whether or not they wanted to bring back players with a contract option or make them free agents.
The decision on Cano was a no-brainer. The 30-year-old second baseman is arguably the best in the game and is a big contributor for New York both at the plate and in the field. He will earn $15 million next season and continue to be a force in the middle of the Yankees lineup.
Bringing back Granderson was also a pretty easy call. The center fielder hit 43 homers in 2012, which is the second straight year he's eclipsed 40 home runs. Granderson struggled in the playoffs, and some believed he might not return next year, but general manager Brian Cashman has made it pretty apparent he wants his All-Star center fielder back for 2013 and possibly beyond.
Aardsma spent most of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery and had his option for next season picked up, since it was for just $500K. Aardsma has been an effective reliever in the past and could prove to be a nice bargain find for the Yankees if he's able to fully recover from his surgery.