The Yankees exercised their $15 million contract options on Monday for second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson for next season.
Cano hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBIs this season, and Granderson hit 43 homers and drove in 106 runs, but with a .232 average. The Yankees were swept in the ALCS by the Tigers, who went on to lose the World Series to San Francisco.
Both players had dreadful postseasons; Cano hit .075 (3 for 40) with no home runs, including a 29 at-bat hitless streak. Granderson was 3 for 30 with 16 strikeouts.
The Yankees also exercised their $500,000 option for reliever David Aardsma, who came back from elbow ligament replacement surgery to pitch one inning at the end of the season.
Balfour in, Drew out
The Athletics exercised their $4.5 million contract option for closer Grant Balfour, while the AL West champions declined their half of a $10 million mutual option for shortstop Stephen Drew, who receives a $1.35 million buyout. Drew, acquired in an August trade with Arizona, batted .250 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 39 games . . . The Twins declined their $9.25 million option on righthander Scott Baker’s contract, making him eligible for free agency. Baker didn’t pitch this year after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. The Twins have expressed interest in bringing him back for 2013, but not at that price . . . The Dodgers declined to exercise their 2013 options on outfielder JuanRivera, reliever Todd Coffey, and catcher Matt Treanor. Rivera is due a $500,000 buyout since the club turned down his $4 million option . . . Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez became a free agent after coming off the 60-day disabled list. He joined Brewers righthanders Shaun Marcum and Francisco Rodriguez in choosing free agency. Gonzalez, 35, who played for the Red Sox in 2006 and 2009, missed most of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee May 5 . . . The Mariners hired Tim Kissner as director of international operations, replacing Bob Engle.
The Giants’ sweep of the Tigers set a record low for the World Series television ratings. The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research said. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Phillies-Rays and 2010 Giants-Rangers series, which each went five games. Last year’s Cardinals-Rangers World Series went the full seven games and built momentum to average a 10.0/16 . . . Venezuelan fans are celebrating the selection of Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval as the first Venezuelan to win the World Series MVP award. Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval’s performance great in the series and also referring to the possibility of the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, also from Venezuela, winning AL MVP, saying: ‘‘We should have two MVPs this year, don’t you think?’’