4:15 pm: Sandy Alderson added the fourth year to the deal on Thursday night, hoping it would get the deal done (Puma).
2:00 pm: The deal does not include an option year, according to a source (Martino).
1:35 pm: Mets ownership encouraged Sandy Alderson to lock in a fourth year to get the deal done (Francesa, WFAN).
Granderson, 32, played in just 61 games with the Yankees last year after breaking his hand twice on two hit-by-pitches. He hit .229 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 245 plate appearances in 2013.
Granderson hit .232 with a .319 OBP and .811 OPS, 43 home runs and 106 RBI, in 684 plate appearances in 2012. He averaged 34 home runs per season between 2009-2012, and posted an .826 OPS during the same span, although he struck out 621 times over those four seasons.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I like Granderson, I don’t love him. I think he can hit 20-30 home runs in Citi Field, which will be a huge boost to this team’s lineup (especially for David Wright). Most importantly, I like that he knows New York City. My understanding is that he wanted to be here or back in the Bronx. I think he’d have considered an offer from the White Sox or Cubs, but they were not heavily involved. In early November I said Granderson would likely be offered a three- or four-year deal. I’m glad to see Sandy Alderson kept it reasonable, but also compromise as needed to get a deal done. This is encouraging for the rest of the off-season, which I expect to now be about trading for an infielder and signing a starting pitcher.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Granderson isn’t a perfect player, but this was a move that had to be made. The team needs power, which he has in spades, and they need outfielders who can make plays. I fully expect the last year of his contract to be a frustrating one, but that’s the reality of baseball right now. In any case, he’s going to be a positive presence in the clubhouse for a young team and hopefully take some pressure off of Wright, both on field and off field. Nice work, Sandy.
Andrew Wharton, Contributor
I expect Granderson will be a great clubhouse presence, as well as continue to be a great ambassador for the game. Oh, and he’s capable of hitting at least 30 home runs a year and he plays a very good outfield, which is something the Mets desperately need. I don’t like his historically low batting average, so I’m not exactly doing a double fist pump right now, but overall, this is a quality signing that changes this team’s outlook for 2014 in a very positive way. Quite frankly, I’m just glad the Mets are in the news for something positive for a change, which is something sort of “grandish.”
Michael Baron, Contributor
I’m still not sold on how Granderson’s game will translate to Citi Field and the National League East. However, this is a deal the Mets had to make; it helps change the the narrative and brings a legit, big-league player to a position the Mets really needed to fill. This move suggests the Mets are staying true to their words from last winter when they promised to augment the big league roster. It’s a relief, but there’s still more work to be done.
The Mets will forfeit their second-round draft pick in 2014 due to Granderson receiving — and turning down — a qualifying offer from the Yankees.