Granderson

Curtis Granderson formally introduced by Mets

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.




84 comments
mystere24
mystere24

This was the FA signing I wanted and listening to Curtis politely and humbly answer questions just reinforced my initial impression. This guy is a winner both on and off the field. He is the perfect fit. Now we have to focus on the infield other than 3B and I feel strongly the Mets have to move EY to 2B as he is our only leadoff hitter, and acquire a starting shortstop. There are only two ways to do that -- 1) Trade Murphy and Davis for a reliever and prospects to free up enough money to sign Drew (relegating Tejada to be the backup middle infielder/late inning defensive replacement that he is) or 2) Trade Murphy and Davis to try to get a SS in return if Alderson can find such a match. They do need another late inning reliever and at least 1 SP, maybe two, but that can come from the FA leftovers list since Montero and/or Snydergaard are on the cusp.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Here's another thing to like about Granderson, in that interview with Burkhardt he said his parents made sure, Grades came before Sports, Good!!!

hankincolo
hankincolo

BTW, Spankee fans are ticked off at Curtis and his "real fans" comment. Good!

rf04
rf04

It ain't the best signing ever (at least it hasn't been proven YET), but I am happy to have another guy worth rooting for. Bad as he was, at least Bay was a character guy also (or came off that way to me). Wright and Grandy seem to be a couple of the really really good guys in baseball. I will never feel bad rooting for them to succeed (unlike KRod or FrankFrank or Marcum or definite PED guys).

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Listening to the Jeff Wilpon interview is brutal. The guy stutters through all of his poorly thought out ideas.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Never really heard Granderson speak, because I have no interest in listening to the dark side. However, I was impressed. This guy will do TV when he's finished, if he so desires.


anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

Collins was talking eric young leading off a lot in that interview....says they need one more power bat, u wish they would just sign cruz and keep the prospects...geez..hahaha

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

My favorite part of the press conference was when Wilpon said " What an outfield."

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

I think the biggest plus to Grandy will be that he could be a mentor to Juan Lagares he will see his talent and raw potential. I think Grandy will be great for Juan.

tommets
tommets

Did anyone just laugh when Horwitz picked on people to ask questions. It was like he didn't know what to do and he got nervous and he kept covering his forehead.

Sam Choi
Sam Choi

AHAHAHAHA


"What an outfield"????


So you're telling me, Jeff that a 33 yr. old, leaving his prime .317 OBP LF, a .230/.240/.397 CF and a RF with a sub .300 OBP and previously a bench player is a great outfield???


I could say that if our outfield consisted of Granderson - Ellsbury - Choo/Cruz (ALL free agents). Not Grandy - Lagares - Young.


No wonder this franchise is knee-deep in mediocrity. If our management and ownership share these sentiments, we're in BIG TROUBLE.

hillsideav
hillsideav

I'm just going to enjoy the addition of one actual major league baseball player to our team. He seems like a good guy and a class act, more than I can say for the owners. He looks good in Orange and Blue, and I'm rooting for Curtis. Which is close to what the whole damn thing is really about.

nym68
nym68

Look guys I know many of you have never seen half the players you want the Mets to trade for or sign as a free agent. But if you insist on playing amateur GM or manager you have to know what side of the plate they bat or with which arm they throw. Until then just keep your thoughts confined to that little voice in your head that says "ssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhh"

mets2891
mets2891

Good GOD I just read that Jeff Wilpon quote.  Does he know planet he's on?

Metropolitan
Metropolitan

It is nice to see that most(who are lemmings) in this fan base are fully satisfied with this signing me for one this is not good enough at all !

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

What an outfield. Yeah Granderson and two 250hitters. Way to dream big Jeff

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

Just firing off a idea. I know that EY Jr is a switch hitter . and I guess Chris Young is a right handed hitter. EY jr is a better lefty hitter then Righty why not just use them on a platoon in LF and days that you need to move Chris to Cf for Lagares you can so you get EY Jr in there somehow more but close to the same amount. and give Grandy always in RF .  the best for the outfield . First base is the black hole it will be bigger black hole if Duda is the fulltime first baseman vs Ike.

Steve Clifford
Steve Clifford

I had secondary embarrassment and cringed when i read the Jeff Wilpon quote.

mrdickey
mrdickey

TC "The last couple of signings show that we mean business". 



Hahahaha...such a yes man.

dave27a
dave27a

"“I know Sandy Alderson said a year ago, ‘What outfield?’ Now we can say, ‘What an outfield,’” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said"


Sigh.  Just....sigh.

Evil_MrM
Evil_MrM

I think there is a correction that needs to be made to this article.  In regard to COO Jeff Wilpon's comment, he didn't say "What an outfield", he said "What's an outfield?"...

dave27a
dave27a

"As a child, Granderson grew up a fan of the Atlanta Braves, choosing not to root for the hometown Chicago Cubs because he often rushed home from school to watch Saved by the Bell and was disappointed when a Cubs game was on instead"


This just needed to be shared.

muskytoes
muskytoes

Grandy's huge smile at his introductory press conference is an all too familiar sight to Mets fans. Unfortunately he took the money and sealed the deal.  He's now entered the Wilpon Twilight Zone where former stars inexplicably hit the twilight of their career like a brick wall. I hope he's an exception, but the force is strong with the Wilpon Curse, and 4 years is way too long for a mere mortal to defy such evil. 

Ziggy Jones
Ziggy Jones

@anthony G. Decesare i don't wish that. i don't want cruz personally. i think the mets need to upgrade 1b not the outfield. the mets have like 8 outfielders so they need to start getting rid of some first. although the same could be said for 1b.


However, i'm much more confident with granderson, young, and lagares in the outfield then i am with ike/duda/satin at 1b

dave27a
dave27a

@trevordunn The last time we had an outfield worthy of that comment was Floyd-Beltran-Cameron in 2005.

tommets
tommets

@Sam Choi I would've liked Rajai Davis over Young. He would've added much more than Young.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@dreamer3kx I agree - there's been a lot of sentiment.  It just proves that people have no idea what they're talking about and can't be bothered to do 10 seconds of research.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Was that person talking just defense, or all around player at the position?

gloveman
gloveman

@Metropolitan if you get the idea that us lemmings are satisfied that this is all we need, only because we think you're an idiot, well then you obviously just don't understand how much of an idiot you actually are.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

I don't think they are satisfied. If this is it there will be a revolt

mets2891
mets2891

@Metropolitan I don't think anyone is fully satisfied, just relieved that the Wilpons actually unlocked their wallet for once.

72tilltc
72tilltc

Because you need to watch the game and the players. Not just assume a switch hitter is better lefty than righty. Grandy cannot play right. In right you need a strong arm to make the long throw to third in left you are closer to third so the weakest arm goes there. Baseball 101. Young is a bad player who cant field or hit remember he was cut by the Rockies. Young should be a pinch runner and or utility guy if he is more than that we will finish last.

nym68
nym68

@Ron Davis you guess Chris Young is a right handed hitter? So you just offered up a lineup platoon system that involves a guy that you're not even sure of which way he bats? I'll have Terry get back to you on that one. But for now please no more suggestions until you at least KNOW which side of the plate the players involved bat from...Good Grief

mrdickey
mrdickey

They call that "d0uche chills".


Not calling you that, but when people have that embarrassment when they see, hear, or read something awkward. Yup.

ken1010
ken1010

@Evil_MrM   Good line, LOL.  


They guy just spend $60m out of his piggy bank.  Let him enjoy the moment.  Then add Kemp and say it again, and I might take it seriously.

hankincolo
hankincolo

No I did not, and it's sad you brought racism into this fun place. So please, do us all a favor and go away.

ken1010
ken1010

@kenmetskni He was talking about just defense.  He seemed like a Yankee fan who loved Granderson, and who had never seen Lagares play.  Francessa shut him up by saying Gardner was a better centerfielder than Granderson, which the fan then agreed with.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

They didn't really unlock it . They did the bare minimum

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

What a joke. That press conference today with Jeff and Sandy looking like deer in headlights shows you the payroll is 85m.

bryan145
bryan145

@72tilltc so i guess they nominated EY for gold glove for no reason then if he cant field

72tilltc
72tilltc

@nym68He knows as much as Terry so why would you expect more. Grandy in right? he was moved to left because he cant throw.
 

tommets
tommets

@dreamer3kx @mets2891 At least we can give Lagares some days off knowing we have another legitimate CF. Technically two, but we have two players who can really play CF.