Curtis Granderson has signed with the New York Mets. On Friday, the Mets and Granderson agreed on a four-year, $60-million deal. The signing has Mets fans thrilled, as the front office finally seems to be spending money trying to improve the team.
The Yankees seem to be the biggest losers of the day, losing two key players in Granderson and, of course, Robinson Cano. After spending my whole life rarely seeing the Yankees being the losers of any day, I must say it is quite refreshing seeing the Mets making a move like this.
Of course, it is not like the Yankees are struggling to get free agents as they have recently brought in Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury. However, the Granderson signing is a nice win for the Mets.
Now that the Amazin’s have signed Granderson, New York fans are ready for another big name to come to town. The question is: Will the Mets keep spending?
It would certainly be great to see the Mets pursue a trade or another solid free agent player, considering they need the help. Having David Wright and Curtis Granderson in their lineup now is promising, but the Mets need to sign guys who can help these two in the batting order.
While Granderson certainly will make an instant impact with the Mets, thinking World Series might be a little much.
Grandy to the Mets is their second signing of an outfielder this offseason after signing Chris Young just a few weeks ago. After a season that featured basically a Triple-A outfield last year, it is promising that the Mets are addressing their outfield concerns.
The 32-year-old outfielder is a big name and has got some serious power, two things the Mets certainly lack. In 2011 and 2012 Granderson put up 43 and 41 home runs, respectively. Those numbers are a huge boost to any lineup, especially the Mets who ranked 25th in home runs last season. Unfortunately for Granderson, he's no longer playing at the home run-friendly Yankee Stadium.
The only concern I have with the signing is Granderson’s inability to put up a good batting average. Granderson has not batted better than .262 since 2008, and he'll be placed into a Mets lineup in which high batting averages are about as rare as home runs. The highest average on the team last year was .307 thanks to David Wright, but outside of their captain, they really struggled to hit the ball.
The move will no doubt help the team, and most fans seem to be happy about the signing. Some fans, however, don't seem to be too pleased.
With that said, the Mets still have the money to bring in another big name player and also have the prospects to make a trade. Hopefully they go ahead and do at least one of these things for the upcoming season.
With Matt Harvey out for the year, it was looking like another rough year for the Mets, but thanks to the Granderson signing, things could change. Questions remain for this team but the Mets are headed in the right direction, there’s no denying that.