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Yankees weighing options in center field


NEW YORK -- The Yankees are waiting until they arrive in camp to decide if Brett Gardner or Curtis Granderson will be their best option in center field.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team needs to talk about the idea of using Granderson in left field this spring, where he could play alongside Gardner and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

"We have two center fielders, as we've had for three years, manning two-thirds of our outfield," Cashman said. "It's something we'll talk about. It's certainly something that's possible, but it's not something we've moved on."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he isn't ready to make any final calls about his outfield. Granderson played errorless defense in center field last season, but the Yankees also regard Gardner -- when healthy -- as one of the game's top defensive outfielders.

"There's things that we'll discuss as we move forward," Girardi said. "We haven't made any changes. You can always look at things, and we're always looking at how we can get better. As of right now, we haven't made any changes."

Girardi said that one concern would be the adjustments Granderson might need to make in a move to left field, a position he's only played in 22 big league games and none after 2007 with the Tigers.

"When you start talking about moving one guy, you're really moving two guys," Girardi said. "Gardy has become pretty good at playing left field, so those are the things that you have to look at."

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