Mets officially announce Curtis Granderson signing

Curtis GrandersonThe Mets officially announced the signing of Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal.

The team will hold a press conference with Granderson and Sandy Alderson at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, which will air live on SNY.

Following the show, Granderson and guests will join SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt for exclusive one-on-one interviews.

Granderson’s deal is reportedly worth $60 million, including $13 million in 2014, $16 million in each 2015 and 2016, and $15 million in 2017; it does not include an option  year or no-trade clause (Heyman).

The New York Mets today announced the club has signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year contract. Granderson will be in Orlando, Fla. at Baseball’s Winter Meetings for a 12:30 p.m. press conference tomorrow (in the Northern Hemisphere Ballroom A&B at Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resort) which will be carried live on SNY and Mets.com.

Granderson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and ranks fifth in the majors with a home run every 15.3 at-bats over the last three seasons. He has scored 100 or more runs four times in his career and hit 20 or more home runs in a season six times.

“We are excited to add Curtis’ power to the middle of the lineup,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “He is a dynamic offensive player who has had success in New York.”

The lefthanded hitter batted .229 (49-214) with seven home runs in 2013 with the Yankees after a fractured right forearm and fractured left pinkie limited him to 61 games. Granderson hit 84 home runs, scored 238 runs and collected 225 RBI from 2011-2012 with the Yankees. From 2008-2012 he compiled 312 extra-base hits to rank fourth in the American League during that span.

The 6-1, 195-pounder has batted .261 (1,157-4,438) with 780 runs scored, 199 doubles, 80 triples, 217 home runs, 606 RBI and 122 stolen bases since making his major league debut in 2004 with the Detroit Tigers. Granderson hit 40 or more home runs in consecutive seasons (41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012). He finished fourth in the American League MVP voting in 2011 after leading the AL in runs (136) and RBI (119).

Granderson hit 108 home runs from 2010-2012, including 47 on the road, ranking sixth in the majors and 61 at home, ranking second in the majors. He has a .274 (876-3,192) career batting average vs. righthanders with a .357 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage.

In 2008, Granderson established the Grand Kids Foundation to focus on improving opportunities for inner-city children in the areas of education and youth baseball. He received the 2009 Marvin Miller Award, as voted by his peers, for his work on and off the field that inspires others to higher levels of achievement. Granderson has represented Major League Baseball as an ambassador during trips to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, South Africa, China and Europe.




121 comments
Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

Granderson is a good ball player.  This outfield defensively will be in lock down mode with Lagares, Young and Grandy.  For Met's fans to cry about how this is the wrong move are morons and hypocrites.  You wanted this team to make a move and when they make their big move you complain.  Granderson is a good move for this team for the next four years, he's a winner, he's a home run hitter, he's a stand up guy and a very good guy to have as a mentor for these younger Met's players.  Granderson doesn't fix the team but, he adds to the team, he's a guy who can protect Wright in the lineup and a left handed bat that can dunk balls right over the wall, he's not a reclamation project he's a proven ball player.   

Jeffrey A. Kostuk
Jeffrey A. Kostuk

Thats great. Just wish they would have signed Justin Turner instead of letting him go.

Philip Kossoy
Philip Kossoy

Philip Kossoy here... I thought this thread was about the one right thing Sandy has done so far this winter and that is inking Granderson?   Here's the really good:  He has a .274 (876-3,192) career batting average vs. righthanders with a .357 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage.  


Hope he doesn't suck against lefties.  $15 million is a hefty price for a platoon player!

nym68
nym68

If I read what I think I just read correctly... then the guy who proposed a trade that shipped Murphy and Ike to Baltimore so the Mets could save $9m admitted that he was wrong because he thought Baltimore had money to play with. Then he decided that if we add Montero to the deal it should solve the problem. Is Montero carrying around $9m in his wallet that he's going to hand over to Baltimore or something? What the hell did I miss???

Brenton Corriveau
Brenton Corriveau

Am I the only one that thinks trading Murphy is a bad idea? If he can be packaged with Ike or a prospect for an upgrade that's one thing, but to just trade him to free up some money?? He had a great season and has worked unbelievably hard to be an average fielding 2nd baseman. Offensively he out up real good numbers last year. 2nd base is one if our strengths right now so why mess with it. Well I'm at it trading low on Ike may be a bad idea too. We are talking about swapping him for below average outfielders. Let him start and hopefully get hot. If we are looking bad by trade deadline get better value

Peter Villano
Peter Villano

Better than anything we had before.shut the he'll up you greedy little shits.be happy for what we got.we finally got something.

Francesco Monastra
Francesco Monastra

Mets kicking in the tires on Chris Perez?

Like that pick up if it happens

Willy Tu
Willy Tu

He is a better Ike in outfield.....

Joe DeRosa
Joe DeRosa

I keep logging into every site to see if we have done something. This is very disappointing. I have been looking fwd to the winter meetings since the last day of the season.

We may not have agreed with moves by Omar and Philipps (they were fun at these mtgs) but at least they spoke to the press and kept us in the loop. The updates in riddles are getting very boring. Sandy & Despo gave interviews and said nothing.

nym68
nym68

Guys just get used to it...NOTHING has changed. Sandy is only allowed to shop at the Salvation Army store for free agents. That and our players are not considered must gets by anybody. Ike, Duda, Flores, Murphy, etc will not get us anybody worthwhile unless we include Noah, Montero, deGrom, Wheeler, etc.

metsfan130
metsfan130

Trade Murphy and Davis to Baltimore for Kevin Gausman (MLB top prospect #14). Gives us even more pitching depth with another young gun with the potential to be a front line starter, and frees up 9+ million dollars in salary. Which would then give us more than enough to sign Corey Hart for 1B and Drew for SS. If not Drew then it makes it easier for us to trade Montero (Plus a lower level prospect) to the Mariners for Nick Franklin to play SS. This would be perfect. Gausman is ready to be s starter now so this trade not only makes us better for the future but even better now.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

If the season started today, it is clear the Mets still need power.  So, if they swing and miss at the meetings what do you think about moving Young to center anyway and keeping Duda in the outfield?


1.) Young

2.) Murphy

3.) Davis (to actually give him some protection)

4.) Wright (I believe he SHOULD be in the #3 spot, but this is if we don't have a cleanup hitter)

5.) Granderson

6.) Duda

7,) d'Arnoud

8.) Tejada

...how many wins can this team get?  Would it still just be a wash with Granderson taking over Byrd's production?

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

I've been looking forward to this year's winter meetings since last year's winter meetings...

Gland1
Gland1

@Joe DeRosa Just because you're bored and impatient doesn't mean Alderson should be speaking more to the press.  He spoke yesterday when he got there.  It's like you want him to announce exactly what he is going to do.  What do you think, he's going to list a bunch of players he's going to get?  

Gland1
Gland1

@metsfan130 On the list you looked at, Syndergaard was the 12th ranked prospect.  Would you trade Syndergaard for Murphy and Davis?

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@metsfan130 Why do people make asinine fantasy trades and also not think of the opposing team's point of view?

nym68
nym68

@metsfan130 what makes you think Baltimore will add $9m in payroll when they haven't spent any money in forever and need to clear payroll in order to sign their two best offensive players

CJM
CJM

The Duda outfield experience is deader than dead.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Duda in the OF?? Duda and Davis in the same lineup?? You can't be serious.

Bringback86
Bringback86

@John Paul Cullinane This lineup WILL NOT win as many games as last years team.

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@John Paul Cullinane right off the bat you have a leadoff man who had a .280 obp last season. yikes. that is not the man to get more ABs than anyone on the team. leadoff hitter's job is to get on base,


other than that, it is what it is, which is almost 4 automatic outs from granderson through tejada.

Joe DeRosa
Joe DeRosa

I just want to enjoy baseball again for a full season. Not just April to July. Last year was brutal after July.

Joe DeRosa
Joe DeRosa

Fair comment. I like to hear we are talking to teams about a a trade for a certain position. We are in the market for X. I have no clue what the plan is.

metsfan130
metsfan130

@Gland1 @metsfan130 Ok how about Murphy Davis and Montero then? I also think Gausman's stock is a but down because he posted a 5.66 ERA in 47 innings pitched last year.

metsfan130
metsfan130

@oddmanrush @metsfan130 Ok what if we added Montero to the trade then? And what other trades do you think can even happen between us and Baltimore anyways?? They want Murphy and/or Davis but who would they give.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

It's what we have to work with.  If a guy hits 15 homers in 300 AB's and we have no power you'd think, if he's on the team, you've gotta put him out there...also, I know everyone is down on Ike, but he has shown he can hit for power.  The entire lineup is full of K's an NOT what I'd want to put out there...I'm just saying if the season started today this is what we have to work with...could it be successful?  Who knows?  I would trade for a bat, sign Drew, and a mediocre veteran SP.  If we did that, it's still an extremely reasonable payroll, especially for NY, and then this team could actually win some games...but we've all been let down and left at the alter so many times...

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

The Pros:

Granderson doesn't have the average but isn't a bad player and Duda's power, despite a bad average could provide some protection...

Duda had 15 homers in 318 AB's.  Hist BA is weak because he has a K to BB rate of 2:1 and needs to be taught plate discipline, but power is not a question with him.


d'Arnoud...who knows...


Tejada...I don't have much faith in, but is OK at SS and hasn't proven anything at the plate...but is there a better option out there other than Drew?


The Cons:

They are the Mets.  I believe they still need to trade for a corner outfield bat (Trade includes Duda, Lagares, and a prospect with the other team eating some of the bat's salary), they need to sign Drew, and they need a veteran mediocre SP....I'm just trying to think worse case scenario if they didn't make another move this offseason...

Gland1
Gland1

@oddmanrush @Joe DeRosa This, exactly.  It's like people think they should be posting names of every player they are trying to acquire.  

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@Joe DeRosa To be honest, everyone outside of 5 players is probably on the table for the Mets if the right offer comes along, so I don't see the point. They don't owe it to me to announce their plan before they do it, they owe it to me to put a competitive team on the field April 1st. I couldn't care less what it is on December 9th.

Gland1
Gland1

@Joe DeRosa Ok, Mets have said they wanted to add OFs, and they added two.  Now they have said they want to add a starter, bullpen pieces and maybe a SS.  What else are you looking to hear?

Joe DeRosa
Joe DeRosa

I respectfully disagree. Kevin Towers came out and said he wanted to upgrade the outfield and had the pitching to do it. That sounds like a plan.

Gland1
Gland1

@Joe DeRosa That's bad work for them to be announcing stuff like that.  They don't come out and announce "here's the plan".  

Gland1
Gland1

@metsfan130 @Gland1 I guess I just don't see that as remotely plausible. It seems like yet another proposal where the other team's needs aren't considered at all, and people try to justify why the Mets offer is worth it.  Nobody wants to give up Syndergaard or Wheeler so they keep posting proposals featuring some combination of Murphy, Duda, Montero and/or Flores.  

metsfan130
metsfan130

@Gland1 @metsfan130 I agree with only putting top prospects in a package for a big player. I was just trying to decide who they could get for Murphy and thought of that deal. It will never happen anyway obviously. And they don't have a DH so they would just DH one of them.

Gland1
Gland1

@metsfan130 @Gland1 I disagree.  If you are going to trade a top prospect like that, you do it in a package for a David Price.  You don't do it for that package.  Why do they even need Ike Davis when they have Chris Davis?  

metsfan130
metsfan130

@Gland1 @metsfan130 If my team really needed a second baseman then yeah. You make it seem like Murphy and Davis aren't worth anything. Murphy is a 3 WAR player, Davis is a potential 30 home run hitter (Especially in the AL east), and Montero is a very good prospect. Trade all of that for an elite prospect and it's not as bad a trade as you think.

Gland1
Gland1

@metsfan130 Seriously?  He's 22 years old and his stock is down because of 47 innings?


Would you trade Syndergaard for Montero/Davis/Murphy?

metsfan130
metsfan130

@oddmanrush If you think Murphy isn't worth his $5.8 salary you're crazy. He's a 3 WAR player. If he went on the free agent market today he'd easily get 10+ million per year the way the prices are now.

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@metsfan130 @oddmanrush One report says they want Murphy, one report completely denies it. It's just speculation because there is a hole to fill in Baltimore. My point is, why would they want to add 2 players that are worth less than the contracts they play for and give up one of the top prospects in baseball? Montero isn't even a thought in that deal. The deal would have to start and end with Wheeler or Syndergaard, which wouldn't make any sense. Murphy/Ike would simply be sweeteners.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

His name is tough to spell...If I can't do it...how is Metsblog supposed to handle the situation?  Trade him now on that alone!

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Don't sell low on Lagares. He is still young and already wins games on D. He needs to be given a chance to play regularly. If Chris Young plays CF, even if he plays well, he is only signed for one year. After Young leaves, we are without a CFer again. Lagares could be the future for us in CF.