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Curtis Granderson Signing a Good Start for New York Mets

December 6th, 2013 at 6:04 PM
By Mike Phillips

'Curtis Granderson' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ After days of negotiations and speculation, New York Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson made a big splash. The Mets agreed to terms with outfielder Curtis Granderson on a four year deal worth 60 million dollars, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports on Twitter. The deal was sealed when Alderson guaranteed the fourth year of the deal, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports via Twitter. 

Granderson, 32, will primarily play left field for the Mets and can serve as David Wright's protection in the lineup. Granderson hit .229 with 7 home runs and 15 RBI's in 61 games for the New York Yankees last season, but his year was curtailed by two broken bones in his hand from being hit by pitches. The previous two years Granderson hit 40+ home runs, and his signing gives the Mets a much needed power infusion in their outfield.

Granderson completes a new look outfield for the Mets. The Mets will now go with Granderson in left field, Juan Lagares in center, and recent signee Chris Young in right. Eric Young Jr transitions to the role of fourth outfielder now, and he could also be used at second base if the Mets choose to move Daniel Murphy to first or out of the organization. 

The signing of Granderson is a good start for the offseason for the Mets in several regards. First, the signing brings instant credibility for Alderson and the Mets. Many fans and pundits were skeptical that the Mets would actually spend money this winter after several quiet winters in a row. Granderson's signing ends that mess, and shows that the Mets are actually looking to improve their ballclub.

Granderson fills a major need for the Mets as a middle of the order hitter, and by completing their outfield he offers the Mets tremendous flexiblity. The Mets now have a surplus of players who can play at first (counting Daniel Murphy), and it is expected that one of them will be dealt at the Winter Meetings next week. SNY's Mets Hot Stove, featuring SNY Mets beat reporter Kevin Burkhart, speculated yesterday that Davis will be traded during the winter meetings. The Mets are comfortable dealing Davis while he still has value and also feel that they have a capable replacement in house, Lucas Duda. The Mets could use Davis to acquire either a starting pitcher or a shortstop, both of which rank as the top areas of need this winter after the Granderson signing. 

Granderson will likely be the biggest name the Mets bring in, but he brings instant credibility to the Mets' outfield and lineup. David Wright will be thrilled to have a legitimate hitter providing him protection in the batting order, and the Mets can look to add another big bat next winter to give them a potent middle of the lineup. The Mets, however, couldn't wait to add all the pieces they need to contend until next winter, so adding Granderson is a sign that the Mets believe they're on the way up again. 

 

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