The Mets formally introduced Curtis Granderson to the media on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Florida.
“Today is an amazing day,” Granderson said. “I’m really excited to be a part of the New York Mets organization.
“A lot of people I’ve met in New York said, ‘True New Yorkers are Mets fans.’”
Why did he land with the Mets?
“When weighing every possible opportunity, it was the best fit possible,” he said.
Sandy Alderson said he met with Granderson before negotiating a contract — with the now infamous salmon dinner — and they were set on signing him before other teams showed a strong interest.
“We focused on Curtis,” Alderson said. “We felt he would add the most to our team, given where we were and we’re very pleased to have him.”
Granderson told reporters that the Red Sox showed interest, but the Mets were the only team to offer four years (Carig).
The newest Met tipped his cap to David Wright for reaching out to him after the season ended.
“Wright was one of the first people to contact me, before we even got to the negotiation stage,” he said. “It’s like we’ve known each other our whole career and I’m really excited to get to play with him.”
He also noted that they just found out that he and Wright are neighbors.
“I know Sandy Alderson said a year ago, ‘What outfield?’ Now we can say, ‘What an outfield,’” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said.
Granderson will wear No. 3 with the Mets.
Granderson’s deal is reportedly worth $60 million, including $13 million in 2014, Sandy Alderson said (Rubin). It’s been reported that he will earn $16 million in each 2015 and 2016, and $15 million in 2017 — it does not include an option year or no-trade clause.
Curtis Granderson meets with the New York media, and talks about what it means to him to join the New York Mets.