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The Mets are counting on Curtis Granderson to add power to their lineup.
The Mets made a big splash in December when they inked Curtis Granderson, the charismatic free-agent outfielder, to a four-year, $60 million pact. His signing signified to Mets fans that the club was serious about contending again.
The left-handed hitting Granderson adds much-needed power to a Mets lineup that was pretty anemic last season. New York ranked 11th in the National League in home runs last season (130), well below the league average of 144.
That's where Granderson comes in.
The Grandy Man belted a combined 84 home runs from 2011-12 for the New York Yankees. Not only that, but he also led the junior circuit with 119 RBI in 2011.
The 2013 campaign was a lost one for Granderson—he played in just 61 games for the Bronx Bombers due to a broken forearm and finger—but he is healthy now as spring training approaches.
The 10-year veteran will be 33 when the season begins and is expected to bat cleanup behind David Wright. He'll help protect Wright in the order, but there will also be a lot of pressure on him to add that infusion of power New York desperately needs.
Expect Granderson to be up to the task. The three-time All-Star owns a career slugging percentage of .488 with 217 career home runs.
He's precisely what the Mets needed.