Is $60 Million For Curtis Granderson A Smart Move For The Mets?
The New York Mets committed $60 million to outfielder Curtis Granderson to shed his pinstripes and don blue and orange, signing the outfielder to a 4-year pact earlier this week. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the deal does not include a no-trade clause. It came after the Mets handed $7.25 million to Chris Young to man center field, a decision that will likely push Granderson into right field.
Is this a good idea for the Mets? When considering Granderson, the most obvious issue to contend with right now is the 32-year-old’s health. He had an immensely frustrating final season for the New York Yankees in 2013, due to two ill-placed pitches. The first, which took place in his first Spring Training at-bat in spring 2013, broke a bone in his hand, shelving him until late May. When he finally came back, another pitch broke another bone in his hand eight games into his return, sidelining him yet again until August.
When it was all told, he finished his abbreviated year with seven home runs, 15 RBIs and a slash line of .229/.317/.407 in 61 games. He also struck out in 69 of his 214 ABs. His 2012 stats were highlighted by 43 home runs and 106 RBIs, but a .232 batting average and 195 strikeouts.
SI’s Cliff Corcoran wrote that the Mets have taken a ‘huge risk’ in signing Granderson due to the fact that he’s leaving the very hitter-friendly confines of Yankee Stadium for Citi Field, long considered to be a detriment to the success of hitters. Andy Martino and Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News wrote about the deal in more favorable terms, noting that team captain David Wright reached out to the outfielder earlier in the offseason. They also noted that the signing was the Mets’ first big free-agent acquisition since Jason Bay in 2009, though that one turned out to be an abject disaster.
So what should we all expect with Granderson on the Mets? It’s tough to say. His 2013 injuries were freak accidents that were no fault of his own, so durability need not be a question. Whether he’ll be able to navigate his way through Citi Field’s tough hitting confines? That’s another issue entirely. The Mets also should continue trying to improve the team around him and Wright if they want to make any noise in the N.L. East, as well.
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