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Mets sign free agent OF Curtis Granderson

The Mets have agreed to sign free-agent OF Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal (Sherman) worth $60 million (Rosenthal).


4:15 pm: Sandy Alderson added the fourth year to the deal on Thursday night, hoping it would get the deal done (Puma).

2:00 pm: The deal does not include an option year, according to a source (Martino).

1:35 pm: Mets ownership encouraged Sandy Alderson to lock in a fourth year to get the deal done (Francesa, WFAN).


Granderson, 32, played in just 61 games with the Yankees last year after breaking his hand twice on two hit-by-pitches. He hit .229 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 245 plate appearances in 2013.

Granderson hit .232 with a .319 OBP and .811 OPS, 43 home runs and 106 RBI, in 684 plate appearances in 2012. He averaged 34 home runs per season between 2009-2012, and posted an .826 OPS during the same span, although he struck out 621 times over those four seasons.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I like Granderson, I don’t love him. I think he can hit 20-30 home runs in Citi Field, which will be a huge boost to this team’s lineup (especially for David Wright). Most importantly, I like that he knows New York City. My understanding is that he wanted to be here or back in the Bronx. I think he’d have considered an offer from the White Sox or Cubs, but they were not heavily involved. In early November I said Granderson would likely be offered a three- or four-year deal. I’m glad to see Sandy Alderson kept it reasonable, but also compromise as needed to get a deal done. This is encouraging for the rest of the off-season, which I expect to now be about trading for an infielder and signing a starting pitcher.

Maggie Wiggin, Contributor

Granderson isn’t a perfect player, but this was a move that had to be made. The team needs power, which he has in spades, and they need outfielders who can make plays. I fully expect the last year of his contract to be a frustrating one, but that’s the reality of baseball right now. In any case, he’s going to be a positive presence in the clubhouse for a young team and hopefully take some pressure off of Wright, both on field and off field. Nice work, Sandy.

Andrew Wharton, Contributor

I expect Granderson will be a great clubhouse presence, as well as continue to be a great ambassador for the game. Oh, and he’s capable of hitting at least 30 home runs a year and he plays a very good outfield, which is something the Mets desperately need. I don’t like his historically low batting average, so I’m not exactly doing a double fist pump right now, but overall, this is a quality signing that changes this team’s outlook for 2014 in a very positive way. Quite frankly, I’m just glad the Mets are in the news for something positive for a change, which is something sort of “grandish.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’m still not sold on how Granderson’s game will translate to Citi Field and the National League East. However, this is a deal the Mets had to make; it helps change the the narrative and brings a legit, big-league player to a position the Mets really needed to fill. This move suggests the Mets are staying true to their words from last winter when they promised to augment the big league roster. It’s a relief, but there’s still more work to be done.


The Mets will forfeit their second-round draft pick in 2014 due to Granderson receiving — and turning down — a qualifying offer from the Yankees.

736 comments
David Wickland
David Wickland

Granderson is a great Addison to the team a home run guy who when healthy can provide much need help to this lineup what we need to question is the Chris young signing this guy is a good outfielder but no real pop in his bat I still like Eric young Jr. In left this year

David Wickland
David Wickland

What I don't understand is why are met fans acting like this is bad granderson is a

Bill Gaffney
Bill Gaffney

Curtis a great person I wish him the best glad he is still in the big apple

bigslick
bigslick

This is a good bang for the buck!

Philip Mende
Philip Mende

agreed nice signing ...some Met fans are never satisfied hence not really Met fans ...lets see what happens before you complain, Mets have a lot of really good young players now and coming up add a few new players ...the Phillies and Marlins are crumbling, the Nats are overrated and the Braves who know...let the season begin

neugie24
neugie24

I love when I hear the comment "he's not a perfect player". First of all they are rare, if they exist at all.

Vicki Beverly Gaffney
Vicki Beverly Gaffney

They're all bailing! First Cano, now Grandyman. What happened to team loyalty???

thjopr
thjopr

Signed CG, but allowed Cano to slip thru their fingers.

Cinthia Jecusco
Cinthia Jecusco

Lets go Mets.....what is wrong with the Yankees, are they stupid or what.......

Karen Spitalnik
Karen Spitalnik

Glad to have SOMEONE else on the team with some credibility!

Roy Lewis
Roy Lewis

Lots of coin $$$, for Lots of K's ! :-O

Chuck michaels
Chuck michaels

First base and shortstop still must be addressed. I'm prepared to deal both Ike Davis and Lucas duda. Sandy, bring me kendrys morales for a solid proven righty bat. Won't cost grandy money. And add Stephen drew to play short.

Gerardo Vazquez
Gerardo Vazquez

Enjoy now from the gift yankee due to cristhmas to Mets fan

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Wright would have actually gotten more in this market, Mets got good value there.....Not in love with the Granderson signing, but the former GM ignored the farm the 6 years he was here, so this is what you get....Between amateur drafts and international signings, the only impact bat Minaya came up with was Murphy, who's decent at best, pretty pathetic.....And scouting was supposed to be his forte, lol

Curtis Waxenberg
Curtis Waxenberg

I would have rather of seen them pick up a GOOD power hitting first baseman. Kendrys Morales would have been nice.

Curtis Waxenberg
Curtis Waxenberg

I can see another Jason Bay! I don't think this is a good signing at all. Citi field is NOT the short porch of Stankee stadium. And whom do you not play in the outfield now? Legares? EY? den Dekker? They might as well trade den Dekker now to see what they can get for him. I hate trading prospects after 27 games, but it looks like the outfield is full now.

eric88
eric88

SANDY,

GO GET JAVIER DAEZ, SS FROM THE CUBS WHO IS AVAILABLE. GIVE THEM MONTERO, FAMIGLIA OR MORE BUT GET HIM. HE'LL BE CHEAP AND A STAR FOR YEARS TO COME AND MORE TEAM POWER.

Jim Beaudoin
Jim Beaudoin

Baseball is getting way out of hand. I'm a Mets fan but NOBODY is worth that kind of money. The more they pay these outrageous salaries, the less people will fill the stands.

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

It's a good move. He has power , Is a good outfielder and a good presence in the clubhouse. 

Johnny Pnumunee
Johnny Pnumunee

u sound dumb...talkin about i BET your team did'nt either....whats his team...since u like makin dumb bets dicchead

mugwump99
mugwump99

Very simply a nice deal, not a great one.  Effectively what they did is replace the 2013 version of Marlon Byrd with a younger guy who has some power upside.  Doesn't make them a LOT better.  I think they need one more middle of the line up bat and at least one starting pitcher.  Okay they need more, but I'd settle for that.


And don't be surprised if at some point this year Granderson hits in the no. 2 spot.  Despite his power potential, he hits best near the top of the line up.  Thats why they need another big bat for the middle. If Grandy moves up in the order, still no one to protect Wright.

Keith LaMarche
Keith LaMarche

Look at our history, you expect us Mets fans to be positive? The last time this team won I was 4. How much you wanna bet he gets hurt a month in and misses half the season?

Judy Bute
Judy Bute

Yankee fan: :( He is so well spoken and intelligent.

Garnie Gunn
Garnie Gunn

Let's sign some more good players like Granderson.

Joan Fisher
Joan Fisher

Like Granderson as a Player and as a man of character! Glad Granderson was signed vs. Cano - The Mets can't afford both and I think Cano could be a distraction with the money being asked for his contract deal along with the pressure to perform and Jay-Z signing him as his first sports player for his sports management group.

Joan Fisher
Joan Fisher

Glad they signed Granderson - think he'll be a great asset to the team and to David Wright as Captain!

hwabouthat
hwabouthat

Alright. Now see if we can go get Profar for SS. Niese, Montero, Duda. Would that get it done?


James C Forano
James C Forano

Yes we need Reyes back now, brings life to the team.

James C Forano
James C Forano

Good deal not let's get a shortstop, and another good hitter.we also could use some good coaches, how does John Olerud and Buddy Bell sound, and possibly Davey Johnson as bench coach and Mike Piazza as Bullpen coach.

Frank Kajtazi
Frank Kajtazi

I'm sure he will change his approach at Citifield,hopefully he will score runs hitting lots of doubles!

Frank Kajtazi
Frank Kajtazi

As long as Grady is more productive than Duda or Ike,I'll be happy!

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

Here is an interesting proposal regarding Ike/Duda and Granderson


How about if we hit Davis/Duda (assuming either is still with the club), ahead of Granderson...


remember that Ike and Duda haven't really had much protection the last two years...maybe having someone like Granderson would help them out...thoughts?


kappyesq
kappyesq

I love this signing, everything about it. I'm sure plenty of people are concerned about his batting average, but I honestly feel that you will see a significant increase in that category in Citi Field. While Granderson's Home/Away BA splits since joining the Yanks in 2010 are very similar, I believe he became too pull-happy with the short porch in RF. Citi Field will allow him to hopefully revert back to his Tigers-days hitting where he led the league in triples in 2007 & 2008, and had an average of .272 the 6 years he played in Detroit. The strikeouts are a concern, but it's not as if he is either home run or strikeout; he has a career .340 OBP & averages 70 BB per season. Had Grandy played a full 2013 & came close to replicating his back-to-back 40 HR seasons in 2011 & 2012, he would have easily been looking at an Ellsbury-type contract & probably more than Choo; he would have probably received a 7 year, $140 million deal from someone. His injuries last year were also accident-type injuries, not wear & tear or age-related injuries. The Mets pretty much got a player worth $20 million per year for $15 million per year. Some people are also worried that he may be deadweight in the final year of his contract at 36 years old, but that's not a given by any stretch. I don't believe that Grandy is the same caliber player as Carlos Beltran, but Beltran is a player who produced at 36 on two arthritic knees. You can pretty much guarantee 100 HR over the next 3 years, if he's healthy, and that is certainly worth $60 million; anything he provides in that 4th year would be just a bonus. That doesn't even take into account the improvement we will all see in David Wright's offensive production with a power-hitting, speed threat providing protection for him. Wright has been one of the most productive 3B in the game while being pretty much the only threat in the lineup. Wright's numbers will explode across the board with this signing.

This signing, I believe, will prove to be one of the best signings, if not the best, of this offseason. Grandy is a plus player in every aspect of the game & while most fans are focusing on his power, his defense & speed are two tools the Mets have been missing. The only MLB-caliber defensive OFs the Mets have put on the field were Young & Legares. However, both players are not MLB-caliber hitters; they're 4th or 5th OFs at best, late-game defensive replacements & spot starters. With the new Young (Chris) & Grandy, the Mets already have the best defensive CF-Corner OF combo they've had in recent memory. As for Grandy's speed, he has averaged 17 SB for his career playing for two teams that do not use the stealing game very much. As we all know, the Mets are very aggressive on the base paths & it's not a pipe dream to see Grandy be a 30/30 player, definitely a 30/20 player.

Now that the Mets have plugged one of their at least five holes going into 2014, they cannot be passive & must remain aggressive in both the FA & trade markets. The Mets have been so power-deficient the past 2 seasons that this one signing isn't going to be enough. The Mets also cannot rely on either Davis to rediscover his power stroke (although that would be great), nor can they rely on Duda to discover the power stroke he has never had. The Mets need to make a decision of 1B, whether they're going to give a shot to Davis or Duda (FORGET a Duda-Satin platoon; platoons NEVER work), and trade the player they deem expendable. With the Mets finally having two starting OFs in Young & Grandy, Ceasar Puello becomes expendable & he is an attractive prospect despite the Biogenesis situation. Unlike many Mets I know, I don't overvalue the talent on their Major League roster or in the farm system. For example, I saw a comment from a fan suggesting the Mets call the Dodgers & send Dan Murphy to Chavez Ravine in return for Matt Kemp. Really? The Mets have some nice players on their team, but teams do not view them even close to as highly as many Mets fans do. With that being said, the Mets need to package a few players & prospects together to land another bat. Additionally, they should keep a close eye on what transpires with Shin Soo Choo. It looks as though teams don't value Choo as highly as he values himself in terms of dollars. If his price tag comes down & he can be had for a contract comparable to Grandy's (3-4 years at $15-$17 million per), the Mets should engage Boras & get Choo signed. Choo would provide the Mets with the pure, plus-speed, high OBP lead-off hitter - something the Mets have been lacking since Reyes left & until they find one, they will continue struggling to put runs up on a consistent basis. As I mentioned above, Grandy is a plus speed guy, but his mediocre OBP & 150-plus strikeouts per year wouldn't work as a lead off hitter. If Choo could be had, the Wilpons should increase their offseason spending limit to get him. A C. Young-Grandy-Choo OF would be one of the best defensive OFs in baseball. It would also be a pretty offensively productive OF, probably the best in the NL East, rivaled only by ATL with Upton-Upton-Hayward. If Choo becomes a reality, albeit & admittedly an unlikely reality, the Mets should put a package together consisting of Davis , Puello, Pawlecki/Flores & Montero/DeGrom -or- Duda, Murphy, Puello/Pawlecki & Montero/DeGrom to land a productive 2B or SS. If Choo can't be had, then one of those packages should be used to grab a productive, power hitting OF. That may seem like a lot to give up, but it's only a lot if you're guilty of overvaluing the aforementioned players. A really good player could be had for those packages. Asdrubal Cabrera from the Indians comes to mind as a SS; Jason Kipnis (Indians) or Howie Kendrick (Angels) as a 2B; Ryan Braun or Carlos Gonzalez for the OF (However, Gonzalez would most likely require Davis, Flores, and Syndergaard amongst other to be had). If the Mets could make moves like that, along with adding a solid veteran SP (Tommy Hanson, Johan Santana, Daniel Hudson, Chris Carpenter), even without Harvey in 2014 the Mets could contend & have the start of something good for the foreseeable future. Thanks for reading my book, hope you enjoyed it.

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

@Darrell Smith I think it is a good move, not great, but good. Now at least Sandy doesn't have to go scrambling at the Winter Meetings and have other GMs looking to deal know he's desperate and rape him in a trade.

tommets
tommets

@hwabouthat I would debate that move only in 2015. No way I'm trading the only veteran starter and a high prospect without Harvey. 2015 or if Harvey didn't get hurt would be a different story with trading two needed arms.

Aidan Maslow
Aidan Maslow

Definitely would not make that move. Niese could bring Profar and another prospect or two all by himself. We have to prospects to get him. Might be able to trade him for Wilmer Flores and a lessor prospect. However, if we are going to trade for a SS it would more likely be Asdrubal Cabrera or Jed Lowrie. We would go so something that is major league proven, not a someone like Profar who has yet to prove anything.

tommets
tommets

@kappyesq I really did enjoy reading that. Granderson really will help Wright improve all across the board and I'm really excited to see that. Just something to say though. Carpenter retired, I know I just had to say it. But, I do get what you're saying, we don't need a starter for 3 years just 1 year so that the hole will be filled for Harvey and Noah. That's going to be exciting a rotation of Harvey, Noah, Wheeler, Niese, and any other starter. That plus moves like this that Sandy is going to make to upgrade 1st, SS, or wherever. Now we know Sandy will make aggressive moves so we can all be more optimistic. This is going to start to get fun for all to watch the Mets again, and it's great.