On Granderson’s Mets remarks, feeling wanted and his contract

Michael Baron, Contributor

“A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said, ‘True New Yorkers are Mets fans,’” Curtis Granderson said during his press conference on Tuesday. “I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”

Curtis Granderson

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman responded kindly to Granderson’s remark, saying Granderson is a good man and recognized why he would say that.

“The great thing about our city is there is room for both,” Cashman said. “The Mets got a good player, they really did. We appreciate the time we had with him and he will help the Mets. Good man, too. Real good man.”

Granderson’s comment was beyond fantastic, and it got me excited. His face lit up when he said that, as if he knew exactly what he was doing when he made the statement. Granderson is a smart, thoughtful and analytical person, and it was clear to me this was a calculated — albeit harmless — move in an attempt to stir the pot and warm the hearts of our fan base with an opening jab to his former team.

In listening to Cashman’s response afterwards, it doesn’t seem like it bothered him either, which was great. To Cashman, Granderson and both clubs, it’s about wins and losses on the field, and not into a microphone.

Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira made similar remarks regarding Granderson, noting the Mets got a steal on Granderson and believed if he had a healthy 2013, Granderson would have signed a $100 million contract this winter.

Maybe. After all, this is a crazy free agent market and prices are as high as they’ve ever been, even for aging players seeking multi-year deals.

Granderson said the Mets were the only team to offer him a fourth year, but showed their intent in signing him from the beginning of the offseason.

“You want to go where you’re needed and wanted, and the Mets definitely wanted me,” Granderson said during his press conference.

Money and security talk. Sure, players do have a need to feel wanted, as do most people seeking jobs in any industry, but in the end, the almighty dollar reigns supreme.

No matter what, the Mets made a good, reasonable deal for a good player, did what they had to do to secure him, and showed the game they were back in business. Granderson has his flaws, and it’s fair to wonder what he will be in the third and fourth year of the deal, but this is the cost of doing business in baseball — the Mets took an important early step towards restoring their credibility in the game, with the fans and in the media.

84 comments
ponzies86
ponzies86

Hopefully the Mets can package a deal for Chris Owings 

supert
supert

Granderson was a good signing, but this team still needs more offensive additions.  Other than 3B, LF (Granderson), and 2B all the other spots are offensive question marks going into the season.

tommets
tommets

I'm getting tired of looking at this post. Do something Sandy.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

Granderson was a great signing. I see him doing Broadcasting or some analyst work when he is done playing

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

Billy Butler is supposedly available. Wright - Granderson - Butler. That's a heart of the order that I can get behind. Anyone but Wheeler or Thor. Get er done.

samc
samc

Slow day at the blog, huh?

kappyesq
kappyesq

The Granderson signing was a steal, no question about it. Had he been healthy there is no question he would've signed at least a $100 million contract, probably approaching the Ellsbury deal. He would've probably gotten 6 years $120 million, easily. Had he played in 2013, all year, he would've probably hit another 35-40 HR. he has the ability to steal 30 bases each year, he plays a plus-plus outfield, and would've hit 110-120 HR over a 3 year period. Those numbers are $20 million per year numbers. The Mets fans who think he is no better than Marlon Byrd was in 2013 are delusional. Byrd had a great 2013 but it was the best year of his career. Granderson has continually put together better years than Byrd's 2013, but it's an even trade-off between the two? I don't think so. We'll see who has the better player the next couple years, the Mets or the Phillies. I'm guaranteeing you it'll be our Mets.

ponzies86
ponzies86

I keep hearing about the young SS in Arizona who the Mets might wanna get via trade, Is he any good???

Elizabeth Hernandez
Elizabeth Hernandez

Give it number 41 to colon because next ye s r heis 41 yer old gnna be good luck

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cashman isn't going to care about a nice little PR moment like that. the mets are the last thing on his mind. 


on another note, to be a met fan takes real character. you actually have to experience a range of emotions and somehow still be that fan. yankees fans are either front runners, or just obnoxious entitled a-holes who often demonstrate a real lack of knowledge of the game.

Conor McElhearn
Conor McElhearn

Granderson is a class act. Hoping Sandy can work some magic on the trade market to bolster the pen. 

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

Hell, pay my just $10 mil and I'll say anything you want me to say.

crash
crash

C'mon, any TRUE New Yorker knows the Yankees are the Evil Empire (and Angel Hernandez is the Evil Umpire) but Grandy-man woulda' said the same thing if he signed with Houston or Miami. Frankly, I just hope he doesn't get pull-happy like Jason Bay and end-up trying to revive his career with the Yomiuri Giants.

RS
RS

Bartolo's English isn't the greatest.  He heard we signed the Candy Man for the outfield, making for an easy decision to sign with the Mets.

yanksuck
yanksuck

I have given up on mets trading Niese and Murphy for starlin Castro so now on to them trading Thor for lindor or Baez. Thoughts?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

He's not even half the man Colon is. 

vipregan
vipregan

He would have said the same thing about the Yankees if the Yankees resigned him.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Good off season now heres to hoping Chris Young can become the next Marlon Byrd for us =)

Former MetBlogger
Former MetBlogger

LOL - you guys are deleting comments where ever you see fit now?  Wow. 

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

Nate mclouth just made it official with the nats. I thought he would have been a better sign than c young. Would have been a lead off candidate. He got 2 years 10 mil

WillisReid
WillisReid

I don't care if he hits .240 but I'm really hoping for 4 years of run production behind Wright. 


I think this team will be feast or famine in regards to scoring runs.  Hopefully the pitching will be good enough some night s to win a 2-1 or 3-2 game.

bromancer
bromancer

There was a time when I would have appreciated this comment, growing up, as I did, in a National League, baby-boomer family -- but, given the current, sorry-assed state of this franchise, this just strikes me as yet another example of marketing trumping product.

"True New Yorkers are Mets fans."  I guess that means there are fewer true New Yorkers every day.

WillisReid
WillisReid

Rubin's blog has posted something of this variation the last few days.....In the event Murphy isn't moved, EYJ will most likely displace Lagares as a starting OFer.  


It's a toss up to me if Murphy's offense is enough to displace Lagares' defense and offensive potential from the line up.  They do need a leadoff hitter though and Young was definately an asset in that regard.

zootv
zootv

since when is it "about wins and losses on the field" for the Mets?

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@dumdeeduda problem is what position does he play? He has never really excelled defensively. I agree with trading for him though. First base is the only option. Cant be worse than Duda

LastSaneMetsFan
LastSaneMetsFan

They have 3. One utility type(Pennington), one who's a plus defender but average offensively(Gregarious), and then Chris Owings who I thinks the best of the bunch. Arizona seems to like Gregorious the best but If they get Owings it'd be a huge upgrade.

kappyesq
kappyesq

@Ponzies86

Didi Gregorious is his name. I don't think he's available & if he were, the Mets would just be one of a dozen teams interested. Gregorious is a very good fielder & projects to be a very good hitter. The Mets are unwilling to part with Syndergaard or Montero & Gregorious cannot be had via trade without the Mets parting with one of them. There's no chance a deal involving Murphy & Davis comes close to getting him either. However, having Gregorious for the foreseeable future is a prospect the Mets should consider giving up one of their untouchable arms for.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@ton There will be nothing sweeter when the Mets start winning again. IMO NY is a national league town. When the Mets win, this city is rocking. That is why I have never and will never root for another team, no matter how much they frustrate me. Mets till the end

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

@ton Yeah Ton. That's right. Ive always said that as long as I have been a Mets fan all these 31 years. Being a Yankee fan is easy but being a Mets fan takes real love. Why else would we put up with all the tough times.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@RS I find it ironic that the skinny guy has a food nickname. 

onetruerob
onetruerob

@yanksuck


Baez is overrated, and Lindor is untouchable, nevermind how rare prospect for prospect swaps are. I think the Indians are looking to deal Asdrubal with the intention of having Lindor coming up in 2013, and if they deal Masterson, they'll no doubt be targeting young pitchers.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Not trading Thor. How about Montero for Chris Owings?

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Yeah. Oddly, the real Marlon Byrd sign for basically the same money as Young (albeit for 2 years). Our line up would look so much better with Byrd in it than it does with Young.

gloveman
gloveman

@bromancer maybe you're just a little over the top with your cynicism dude

CJM
CJM

@WillisReid I think that's inaccurate. TC said the other day Lagares would be starting in center and EYJ would be a super sub. There's no way EYJ would displace Lagares, at least not until Lagares earns time on the bench--he's too valuable in center.

Former MetBlogger
Former MetBlogger

@WillisReid EYJ has already become the most over-rated Mets player in the past few years.  His so-called "good" stint with the Mets posted a .647 OPS during steady playing time, with bad splits from either side of the plate.  You can get away with that with a glove-first middle infielder, but not with a corner OFer. And he shouldn't be in CF, as his defense isn't anything close to Lagares.

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

We have a bunch of fly ball pitchers anyway. There aren't many good right handed bats available. I would take a shot on Butler.

kappyesq
kappyesq

Not happening. Montero isn't as good as Mets fans think he is. Montero as part of a package that includes another good arm such as Matz or DeGrom, plus Murphy might get it done, but not Montero alone.

Michael Smellibius Scarn
Michael Smellibius Scarn

I have to believe that this sort of deal was discussed however I get he feeling teams view Montero as a reliever maybe not even a closer, and he doesn't have the value we think he has.

WillisReid
WillisReid

@Former MetBlogger I agree, but it seems the Mets value him leading off.  Someone here posted something to the fact that Young's OBP leading off an inning was .380.

WillisReid
WillisReid

@CJM I'm not an EY advocate at all, especially starting.  We do have a hole at the top of the order though.  Guess it depends on what happens with Murph.

Former MetBlogger
Former MetBlogger

@WillisReid @Former MetBlogger And Chris Young's OBP vs. lefties over his career is outstanding.  I believe Oakland had him leading off some last year against lefties.  i would at least have Young leadoff against lefties and mix and match vs. righties.  No reason to shoe horn EYJ in there - he's a bench player.  


Oops - getting confused about which Young we're discussing…I saw .380 and thought of Chris against lefties (something high like that).


Either way, that's SSS stuff.  Overall, EYJ isn't a starting player.

CJM
CJM

Yeah that's a ridiculously small sample size--EYJ leading off an inning--and will certainly regress to the mean. Young is overrated.