After an injury-plagued season, Curtis Granderson will hope to bounce back with the New York Mets after reportedly signing a four-year contract with the team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post first broke news of the deal:
#Mets have a 4-yr agreement with Curtis Granderson, the Post has learned— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 6, 2013
On Monday the Mets Twitter account introduced their new star:
Granderson also talked about the move after being introduced:
Granderson: "This was the best fit possible. Everyone in my family is excited."— New York Mets (@Mets) December 10, 2013
Granderson: "There are 30 ballparks and pros and cons with each one. A lot of people have told me true New Yorkers are Mets fans."— New York Mets (@Mets) December 10, 2013
Granderson: "It's going to take the whole organization to improve. With the pieces we have we can do some amazing things."— New York Mets (@Mets) December 10, 2013
The 32-year-old outfielder was a free agent after four years with the New York Yankees. Various injuries limited him to only 61 games in 2013, but he was among the best hitters in baseball for the two years prior.
Newsday's Marc Carig has more:
Wouldn’t be surprised if Granderson contract was backloaded. Had similar structure with Tigers. Also, he’s viewed as corner OF w/Mets.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) December 6, 2013
Combining 2011 and 2012, Granderson led the majors with 84 home runs and 238 runs scored. He also led the league in 2011 with 119 RBI to help him finish fourth in MVP voting.
From Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Spoke to Sandy Alderson. Couldn't acknowledge Granderson deal because it's not official, but said: "Our lineup's looking better and better."— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) December 6, 2013
ESPN Stats & Info has more:
Mets agree to terms with Curtis Granderson. He ranks 5th in MLB in fewest AB per HR (15.3) over last 3 seasons— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 6, 2013
Additionally, he has proven to be a threat on the basepaths dating back to his days with the Detroit Tigers. In the last seven years, he has averaged over 16 stolen bases per season. Although he is no longer a triples machine, he still has plenty of speed.
His quickness has also helped in the field, where he has been an above-average center fielder throughout his career. He showcased his versatility this past season by playing in left and right field as well.
Of course, this signing still comes with some risk. Granderson's batting average has consistently dropped in the past few seasons from .262 to .232 to .229. This has led to a decrease in other averages, which lowers his overall effectiveness at the plate when he is not hitting home runs.
His new squad might also be concerned that 53 of his long balls since 2010 came at Yankee Stadium, which has a notoriously short porch in right field.
Still, this represents a high-risk, high-reward move for the Mets in the hope that Granderson can become a middle-of-the-order star that makes the entire lineup better.
If the three-time All-Star can play to his potential, this will certainly be a formidable team for the upcoming season.
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