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Both Curtis Granderson and Chris Young have been unexceptional offseason acquisitions through the first quarter of the season.
Chris Young: C+
The Mets took an educated risk when they signed Chris Young this offseason, hoping that his power would bolster the Mets lineup. So far, he has performed about exactly as well as the Mets could have hoped for, if not slightly worse.
His three home runs don’t stand out, but that number still makes him one of the team’s primary power threats. His .212 batting average is only slightly better than his .200 total last season, and relative to his career batting average, the Mets should have expected something similar.
The Mets hope Young begins to tap into his power more and hones down his approach at the plate, but overall, it is hard to complain too much about his performance while on a low-risk contract.
Curtis Granderson: C
Curtis Granderson’s improved play over the past few weeks prevents him from getting a failing grade, but he has still been disappointing overall.
The Mets signed Granderson because of the light-tower power he displayed in Yankee Stadium, but that power has yet to translate into home runs at Citi Field. He has turned this around recently, hitting six home runs this season, but he still has hit a bunch of long fly balls that arguably would have been out of Yankee Stadium.
Granderson has plenty of time to salvage his season, evidenced by his performance Tuesday night—he entered the night hitting just .192, but after going three-for-five he is hitting .205.
Even with the recent power surge, he has still performed below expectations enough to earn a mediocre C for his first-quarter performance.
Juan Lagares: A
Juan Lagares earns an A, as he has been one of the best players on the entire Mets roster through the first quarter of the season.
While he is one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, the biggest concern with him as a player has always been this bat. So far in 2014 he has silenced those concerns, hitting .302/.345/.462 in the early going.
Lagares’ defense along with his newfound offensive consistency gives him a well-deserved A for the first quarter of the season. After returning to the lineup on Saturday with a bang by both hitting and robbing a home run, fans should be hopeful that Terry Collins will play him on a consistent basis.
Eric Young Jr.: B
Eric Young Jr. should not be in the Mets starting lineup as long as the three above players are healthy, but he does provide value to the Mets roster as a bench piece.
His 16 stolen bases and defensive versatility give him value, but his weak hitting makes him a liability when in the starting lineup on a regular basis.
Young Jr. earns a B for is ability to get on base and change the game with his speed, but he should not be in the starting lineup as long as everyone is healthy.
Bobby Abreu: B-
Bobby Abreu hasn’t been asked to do much as a bench player. His patience at the plate has made him a solid pinch-hitting option, but his lack of defense hurts his value coming off the bench.
As long as Abreu maintains his .259/.344/.444 batting line, the Mets should be happy with him as a cheap yet valuable pinch hitter.