Curtis Granderson 3 (Baron)

Mets will announce Granderson deal this week

Curtis Granderson will take a physical in New York tomorrow and be introduced by the Mets in a press conference at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday (Davidoff).

“Hopefully we’ll be able to announce something in the next couple of days,” Sandy Alderson said on Sunday, when asked about Granderson.

The Mets reportedly agreed to a four-year, $60 million contract with Granderson last Friday.

He will earn $13 million in 2014, $16 million in each 2015 and 2016, and $15 million in 2017 (Heyman).




43 comments
ctdbatboy
ctdbatboy

I bet Granderson will wear #44. Whenever any players on the Mets wears #44, they're not gonna have a good time with the Mets. And that's the reason why the Mets didn't do a no trade clause on him. They just wanna get rid of him whenever he's struggling, like Mike Cameron, J.J. Putz, Jason Bay, John Buck and Aaron Harang. No one should ever wear #44 for the rest of the Mets franchise. That could be the reason why the Mets are a bad team in baseball.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

It's not a coincidence that 3 out of the 4 Championship series teams were in the top 5 for team salaries.  I do believe you have to spend correctly on the RIGHT players, but they could still sign Drew, take on money in a trade for a legit bat, and sign a mediocre veteran pitcher and be under $100 million.  This is still a pretty low team salary...especially in a market like NY.  I don't think it's asking too much when you think about how much it costs a family of 4 to park at a game, have 4 tix, buy 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas...Probably looking over $225.  Add in TV money (free money from MLB) plus SNY, $20 million a year from Citi for field naming rights, radio deal, and tons of other advertising revenue,..Is $100 million too much to ask in NY?

chasesimms
chasesimms

Now that I'd had a chance to think about this signing, its occurred to me that Granderson is basically just replacing Marlon Bryd's 2013 production,  24 HR, .291 BA, 88 RBI...so...how much better is the Mets offense at this point?

AJF
AJF

No mention on Sandy comment about 85 million dollar payroll? I am so fed up with this GM and ownership

nym68
nym68

You guys remember when Sandy went on wfan with Mike and said he was excited to hear all of the Mets talk on the radio that day even though most of it was negative? He must need a smoke, a sammich, and a nap right now are all of this "excitement"

tommets
tommets

This is actually kind of scaring me the fact that they're saying it isn't finalized yet.

niesesnose
niesesnose

"Granderson was horrified to discover he was being paid in a mix of monopoly money, post it's that said IOU and a Mets Monopoly game where you can't pass go and exceed a 90m payroll."

nym68
nym68

Actually I'm surprised the Mets are attending the winter meetings. I guess we'll have to play with a 24 man roster next year to cover the expenses

dave27a
dave27a

For the record, this won't take the edge of the colossal errors in judgement the Mets are about to make in trying to address their infield.

Hank259
Hank259

Hank hopes to announce the Mets have a chance at a winning record for the first time in forever...at the Winter Meetings.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@PanchoVilla Omar would do no better.  Omar was pre-Madoff.  Everything's changed since. 

mojorisin
mojorisin

Should they have not replaced Byrd's production ?

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@chasesimms Not much better, which is why the 1B and SS moves will be important. Both of those positions were sinkholes last season. If the Mets can get average positional performance at those two spots, whether via internal or external options, that will be where the most notable improvement comes from.

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@chasesimms they simply are not. they, at best, replaced byrd. i know the name granderson sounds big, but production-wise, and that is all that really matters unless you are trying to sell tickets in the immediate future, he isn;t much better if  at all. 


meanwhile chris young, a platoon player for the A's is our starting LF and tejada is our SS, and we have no legit 1b. 


this offense blows. anyone who tells you otherwise is a hopeless optimist or a propagandist.

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@chasesimms marylon hit for average. granderson will be lucky to hit 260. really lucky. take a look at his average the past 4 years, then factor in that he did that at a hitter's park with legit hitting talent around him when he was younger.


kinda scary.

dave27a
dave27a

@tommets All of these deals take days to finalize.  Physicals, fine print, etc.  The lawyers need to earn their commissions.  As far as the Mets and Granderson - everything is agreed to.

1harris1
1harris1

@tommets Probably hasn't had his physical yet.  I wouldn't read too much into this otherwise.

Gland1
Gland1

@Brian Daley They signed him.  What's the problem?  That's what agreed to terms means.  He probably still just has to take his physical.  Not confusing and not gossip or speculation.

dave27a
dave27a

@Brian Daley You might be the only person confused by this.  There is no ambiguity in "agreed to terms" and no doubt that this contract, and all contracts that are announced when terms are agreed to, was only pending Granderson's physical and remaining details.  That hardly makes it "gossip" and "speculation."


Also bloggers are blogger and reporters are reporters.  The day Cerrone or Baron are considered "reporters" is the day we should all lock ourselves in our cellars.

chasesimms
chasesimms

I think if Omar had a good rep around the league, he'd be a GM somewhere right now, no?  What IS Omar up to these days?


chasesimms
chasesimms

My point was that at the moment, 2 moves have been made, but zero improvement.  

chasesimms
chasesimms

But they've already all but announced that the plan is to trade Ike and use Duda and Satan at first, so that's not changing.  And what options are there as SS out there?  Point is, the Mets have so many damn holes to fill, its just not possible for them to really improve much.  That 3 man rotation we're looking at right now is going to be tough too. 



LastSaneMetsFan
LastSaneMetsFan

Yeah anyone who thinks differently than you must be a (edited unflattering comment about intelligence. ie lack thereof)

To say that Byrd equals Granderson production wise is ridiculous.

They are not remotely close to being on the same level. Compare their stats. How many 100 RBI seasons has Byrd had? Answer 0

How many 100 run seasons has he had? Answer 0 How many 20sb seasons has he had? Answer 0 How many seasons has he had a plus 4 WAR? Answer 1 Now go checkout Granderson's stats he destroys Byrd. I understand that Granderson is not going to hit for a high average and he strikes out a lot but other than that he's a beast. He'll be a plus defender in left and he'll give us 30-35 HR's (yeah I said it) 100 RBI 25SB. And he'll walk. Now I understand we're all tired of these nickle and diming cheap blankety blank owners. But this was a good signing.

Secondly when they signed Young I flipped out...screaming and cursing. I thought it was a horrendous signing. A 200 hitter? Are you kidding me after all your talk of improving the team, you bring me this? But then I looked at his career stats and every time he had 500 AB's he had 25 HR's 25 SB with strong walk totals and a 4-5WAR albeit a 250 batting average. Last year we had one of the most brutal outfields ever assembled. Unwatchable. Negative WARs all around minus Byrd and the mid season addition of Lagares. We could likely have an outfield of plus 4 WAR at the corners and a 5 or 6 WAR in center...that's a massive upgrade. Now I've resigned myself to a subpar 1st base situation but if they go out and trade for a SS and sign an innings eater we could have a team that's built around (future) pitching, some pop, speed and defense. Playing well to our ballpark. Works not done but things are looking up my friend.

chasesimms
chasesimms

I cannot disagree with any of that.  As it stands today, we're looking at another 70 - 80 win season, at best. 

Brent Terry
Brent Terry

Ticket sales because of perception is the big difference here, which should lead to increased revenue stream, which should lead to an increased ability to spend later.  That is the difference.  Production IS the same, but the simple fact that we weren't expecting anything out of Byrd makes all the difference here.

denelor
denelor

@ton Do you realize that Citifield is actually a better park for average than The Bandbox?  


Also, do you realize that the park factor for home runs ranks the Bandbox #9 and Citi #10?  The two parks had essentially the same effect on home run numbers. 

niesesnose
niesesnose

@ton Most of Granderson's home runs would go out in Citi. He'll hit 25-35 homruns

mojorisin
mojorisin

well hey man, I'm not trying to defend the management at all... but then again I'm not about to expect a playoff run in '14 either. Not happy about it, but I think the Granderson move was a good start although hopefully not the only move

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@Brent Terry good point and i thought of that. it isn;t a coincidence granderson played for the yankees and was generally very productive. the wilpons must have loved that. you take a guy with better production like byrd or beltran or cruz, and the mets didn't want to really sing them. granderson has that NY name and it's all about trying to sell tix.


a real NYC baseball team would address all holes, not sign one guy past his prime and call it a day.

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@niesesnose @ton i am. i am telling you have no faith in ownership and don't buy tickets. though the future is written it can be changed!

niesesnose
niesesnose

@ton You can tell the future? Why are you wasting your time on here and put your talents to use??

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yes i was aware. i'm also aware of the future and it says .250 or lower BA for grandy as well as a crap obp, with less HR regardless off ballpark factor.

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@niesesnose @ton awesome, but he doesn't get on base or hit for average. i'm putting over/under on HR at 25. he'd be lucky to hit  .255 and that gets worse over the next 4 years.