Granderson

Granderson talks about ‘signing with a winner’

In the days before signing his new contract, Curtis Granderson told MLB Network that his top priority was to sign with a team that had a chance to win. He then signed a four-year deal the Mets.

“The fact is, any team can win, especially after what you saw last year with Boston, Pittsburgh, Kansas City did,” he said today on the same network, when asked to comment on his thinking. “As long as you continue to move and have a plan, which is what the Mets have, and once you execute that plan things can happen quite quickly. I’ve been on that side when we did it in Detroit. In 2003, we were one loss away from having the worst record in baseball history. In 2006, we were back in the World Series. Things can change like that as long as you have the right pieces in place.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I feel like every free agent says this at some point or another. I think, in Granderson’s case, he may actually believe what he says. It doesn’t really matter, though, because in the end, I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a professional athlete who — in the offseason — doesn’t truly believe his team can win it all, regardless of expectations or acquisitions or the previous year’s record.

Granderson also said, at his press conference, that the Mets were the only team to offer him a four-year deal, and that — for me — is reason enough for him to be here. I have no problem with a guy who says, ‘Yeah, I took the best offer, I wanted the most money and security.’ I don’t know why more players aren’t upfront about this. He may also have total faith in Sandy Alderson, David Wright, Matt Harvey and the overall direction of this team (and where it can within his four-year contract). But, simply wanting to stay in his New York home and cash the biggest possible check is a pretty good reason too. Play hard and do your best, while wearing blue and orange, and no Mets fan will care why or how the deal got done.




59 comments
Andy Carey
Andy Carey

Damn it I wish I made the Wiener joke first. I love the mets to death but... I mean come on overflow of mediocre upside talent Ike, duda, young , young, go mets 100 percent.. But don't cheat lagares or Flores

Andrew Herbst
Andrew Herbst

I'd looking forward to watching the Grandy Man this year.

maxster
maxster

Wilmer Flores and Travis d'arneau are both high end MLB prospects. Flores is a hitter pure and simple. The Mets have jerked around Flores all over the field. Look, they say Flores does't have range but he can catch the ball. PUT FLORES AT 1B EVERYDAY! Why play Dudu or Satin over him. Are you kidding? Wake up Sandy and Terry. Leave the kid there everyday and watch the year he has.

bugsy
bugsy

Never in my life have I heard a newly signed player, manager or general manager say that they thought the team they had just signed with had a shot at contending.

Usually they say things like "it's going to take a few years", "things are going to be rough" and "don't get your hopes up"

It's so refreshing to hear grandly talk about contending right away. I haven't heard this kind of positive talk since last spring training when they interviewed terry Collins on sny. I haven't seen a press conference so inspiring since sandy alderson insisted that he exoected the mets to contend that year over three years ago.

Just wait til February, folks, and you'll hear everybody talking about how this team is going to "surprise people", and not only that, I think they'll really mean it!

Raul Ayala
Raul Ayala

Hope you can hit those dinger With men on base i want the Best of grandie man.

bromancer
bromancer

Lovin' the truth (unintentionally) implied in your lead, Matt:

"In the days before signing his new contract, Curtis Granderson told MLB Network that his top priority was to sign with a team that had a chance to win. He then signed a four-year deal the Mets".

Translation:  Curtis is as full of it the Wilpons, Alderson, Wright and MetsBlog.  I think he's gonna fit right in.

Oscar Serna
Oscar Serna

well let's hope C.Young, Wright, Grandy, Travis, Lagares, Murphy,Flores can stay healthy the whole season and make a difference.

Frank D
Frank D

Aside from the lack of winning potential, Curtis is coming to the Mets at the right time for a few reasons.  


1.  Our expectations are lower than ever.  Although Sandy said this was the year, I think most Mets fans are just looking to be a solid baseball team that rebuilds hope.  


2.  After the Jason Bay disappointment, I think we all are a little more cynical about the big free agents to begin with.  If Granderson does better than our already low expectations ask for, he will be loved.


3.  He gets a chance to make his own legacy here.  Sure it's only four years, but he only has to compete with 2 other personalities.  Wright's legacy is set in stone, and with Harvey out a year, Curtis can become a fan favorite.


Listen, I understand that this is a typical optimistic Mets fan post, but what do we have to lose at this point?  No one respects the Mets, no one expects good things, so why not be hopeful?  It can only go up.


NYMetsLander
NYMetsLander

Okay Granderson you were right with saying "True New Yorkers are Mets fans". Now you're just lying yourself.

MMIAA
MMIAA

Matts last sentence is the truth. Play hard all the time be good to the fans and you will not have any problems. Cop an attitude like Mrs Beltran and you'll have issues.

Joe Kurioo
Joe Kurioo

All these free agent signings are cute but everyone seems to forget who manages them is a clueless clown.  smh

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

I thought he stayed in NY for the superior school system.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

"I think, in Granderson’s case, he may actually believe what he says. "

Oh please, Matt.  We were the only team desperate enough to give him 4 years and he didn't need to move his home.  Don't wax poetic over nonsense.

CJM
CJM

"Play hard and do your best, while wearing blue and orange, and no Metsfan will care why or how the deal got done."


Jason Bay begs to differ. He played hard and did his best.

upstatefan
upstatefan

Cerrone's, over use, of commas, and - dashes is - painful, to read.

Hodges14
Hodges14

Detroit is a great model for the Mets to follow.  They have turned that franchise around with a mix of Tigers homegrown products, trades and big free agent signings.  Great way to turn the franchise around quickly and keep them winners for a long time.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

And after those comments, he took his medicine  :)


JoeBenignoFan
JoeBenignoFan

somethin musta been in that salmon they fed him.

nolrog
nolrog

Granderson wanted to play no a winner.  In completely unrelated news, the Mets had the biggest offer for Granderson. 

Skyking
Skyking

Well he's not going to say I'm content playing for losers as long as you pay me. Grandy is a classy stand up guy and knows this team needs more to contend. Grandy likes NY and wanted to stay in NY, not too mention a 4 year deal which no other team would give.  I love Grandy when he was in Detroit. He's the type of player that Cliff Floyd was while he was here. Like to see Lagares learn from him.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Was the Mets' offer the best on the table when he took it obviously yes. However he signed pretty early in the offseason so if he didn't want to be here he easily could've waited to see if anything else materialized.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

In a related story Granderson really wanted to win during this contract so he amended it to a 100 yr contract with the Mets

Agee's Catch
Agee's Catch

After reading this post, I feel like I've been re-gifted.

fedupfan13
fedupfan13

Anybody else notice that the mets got killed In the papers before Colon signed then he signed and they got praised? They still only spent the 30m this yr that everyone was going crazy about in the first place. Why is it all quiet now? Did it make it ok that Colon got the remaining 10m of the budget, but if they signed two 5m dollar players they would have continued to get ridiculed? Seems like the Wilpons always do just enough to get through the media storm and keep the charade moving forward

Hodges14
Hodges14

@bugsy It's going to take a couple more substantial additions to the lineup to contend in 2014.  Hopefully the front office is still working on the 2014 roster.

Frank D
Frank D

@bromancer What do you expect him to say?

"Yea, I want to thank the Mets for being the only team to give me the fourth year.  I personally think this team is garbage.  Really, I just didn't feel like moving to another state, and now I don't have to hear Sterling call me the Grandy Man.  Win Win."

dexx
dexx

@Joe Kurioo Gotta agree.  The thing I don't understand is, if Sandy is an OBP, platoon, saber metrics guy, why in the hell would Terry 'Old School by the book" Collins be the coach?  He doesn't like to platoon, or play young guys, or know how to use a computer to look up statistics vs a certain player or pitcher.  Makes no sense.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@CJMJason Bay was a fraud a light hitting ss body who juiced and got away with it and once he signed with the Mets he refused to risk being suspended and had all the intercostal and ligament injuries typical of guys who get off the juice in addition to the loss of visual acuity see Gilkey Josh Hamilton (blue eyes only work at night).

Martin James
Martin James

@upstatefanCan't complain.  This is our fault. We all attacked this guy over his lack of punctuation, now he's trolling us with interrupting phrases. Do you, Matt. Do you.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

@upstatefan What are you expecting?  Professional writing? Not going to happen!  Here you get generally lots of commas and dashes and rehashed news. 

muskytoes
muskytoes

@Skyking  I was picking up the Cliff Floyd positivity vibe too. The Grandy Man loves the Wilpon money and the new change of scene right now. He's taking the sunrise and sprinkling it with dew. Felt like deja vu, so I had to look up Cliff's quote after the full reality of the Mets hit him like a ton of bricks: "Things just ain't looking bright. You have to find a bright spot. There ain't no light at the end of the tunnel, though, it looks like." That was shocking to hear from Floyd, the eternal optimist. Fred Wilpon didn't appreciate it either, lol. 



Hodges14
Hodges14

It's going to take a few more pieces for the 2014 team to win.  Hopefully Alderson isn't done with his offseason acquisitions.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@fedupfan13 I have to believe the aren't done for this winter yet.  Wouldn't make any sense to me to spend the money on Granderson and Colon and surround them with nothing but Wright.  I'm guessing we're going to see a new SS and potentially a new 1st baseman before opening day.

bugsy
bugsy

Gil, my comment was totally in jest.

Sorry if there was any confusion.

bromancer
bromancer

@Frank D @bromancer

It is what I would expect him to say.  My comment had more to do with the way Matt oops out the truth, than the fact that Curtis decided winning was secondary.

upstatefan
upstatefan

@Bob Giacalone

"It doesn’t really matter, though, because in the end, I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a professional athlete who — in the offseason — doesn’t truly believe his team can win it all, regardless of expectations or acquisitions or the previous year’s record." 

LOL

Hodges14
Hodges14

@jose_who @Hodges14 Fielder, Ordonez, Scherzer, Sanchez, Martinez, Hunder, Austin Jackson, Peralta.  Dombrowski has made a lot of great moves in Detroit.  He's got to be considered one of the best GMs in the game.

Erin II
Erin II

@upstatefan  “The fact is, any team can win, especially after what you saw last year with Boston, Pittsburgh, Kansas City did,” he said today on the same network.


2 Lol


This fool can`t even copy and paste a quote accurately. Andrew will fix it.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@dexx @jose_who @Hodges14 Fielder is the most durable player in the majors since the day he broke in.  He's moving to a great hitter's ballpark.  I expect him to do very well in Texas.

dexx
dexx

@jose_who@Hodges14 Texas is gonna regret that trade by 2015.  Guaranteed.  He is declining sharply, and he is not gonna be a guy that ages well.