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Yesterday afternoon, David Wright spoke with reporters about the Mets agreeing to sign free agent OF Curtis Granderson, and said he reached out to Granderson unsolicited early in the off-season to express his desire for him to join the Mets this winter.
“I’ve always been a fan,” Wright said, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Wright believes Granderson’s history in New York and his character makes him a very good fit for the Mets.
“He’s played in New York, he’s thrived in New York, he’s won in New York,” Wright explained. “He knows what it’s all about. … Everywhere he’s been, teammates have loved him, fans have loved the way he plays the game. He’s got just a presence about him.”
Wright doesn’t believe Citi Field will hinder Granderson, despite it’s larger dimensions to that of Yankee Stadium.
“He’s proven he can be successful in Detroit, he’s proven he can be successful in Yankee Stadium, and he’s going to prove he can be successful at Citi Field,” Wright said. “The ballpark does not matter to him.”
Read more: Newsday (Carig)
Michael Baron, ContributorBetween his diminished defensive abilities and the awkward history between Beltran and the Mets, I just never saw him coming back to Queens. I always thought he was a good fit for the Yankees, and they were reportedly his first choice throughout the off-season. I bet he will DH for them a lot of the time, which will help preserve his legs over the course of the long season.
It’s going to be interesting to see what the Yankees do with their excess outfielders. They now have Beltran, Brett Gardner, Vernon Wells, Alfonso Soriano, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Ichiro Suzuki on the roster. I could see them cutting Wells, but I also wonder if they might consider trading someone like Gardner. If so, he’s a good fit for the Mets as insurance to Juan Lagares and a left-handed option to Chris Young - perhaps the Mets would consider a deal involving Daniel Murphy for Gardner (even though the Yankees just signed Kelly Johnson).
Either way, it’s hard to envision them being in on Shin Soo-Choo right now…
4:40 pm: The Nationals agreed to sign free agent OF Nate McLouth to a two-year contract. He will be their fourth outfielder (Rosenthal).
12:00 am: The Royals have no offered free agent OF Carlos Beltran a three-year contract (Rosenthal).
12:00 am: The Red Sox are looking for a right-handed hitting corner outfielder (Lauber).
12:00 am: The Marlins are interested in re-signing free agent OF Chris Coghlan, even though they non-tendered him earlier this week (Frisaro).
2:40 pm: The Rangers agreed to sign free agent C JP Arencibia to a one-year, $1.8 million contract (Rosenthal).
2:10 pm: The Twins have expressed interest in free agent C John Buck (Puma).
11:20 am: The Rangers have agreed to sign free agent C JP Arencibia (Grant).
5:10 pm: Juan Lagares’ knee issue is nothing serious (Puma).
Dec. 5: Lagares tweeted that he is on his way back to New York to have his knee looked at.
Lagares’ tweet was in Spanish, but translates to, “On my way to New York to get my knee checked out. Putting everything in God’s hands.” (h/t @SusiMJK on Twitter)
Lagares followed up with a tweet that reads, “Everything is good my people.”
Lagares has been playing in winter ball for Las Aguilas Cibaenas and is hitting .342 with a .379 OBP in 28 games, with five doubles, a home run, 16 RBI and seven walks.
Lagares hit .242 with a .281 OBP and .633 OPS in 121 games for the Mets in 2013.
4:40 pm: The Phillies are shopping RHP Jonathan Papelbon (Rosenthal).
12:38 pm: The Mariners believe they have the prospects to acquire LHP David Price from the Rays (Morosi).
10:30 am: The Astros have signed free agent RHP Scott Feldman to a three-year, $30 million deal (Rosenthal).
9:30 am: The Yankees have re-signed free agent RHP Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $16 million contract (Sherman).
9:20 am: The Orioles will sign RHP Ryan Webb to a two-year contract (Keri).
MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Hardball Talk’s DJ Short talks Mets hot stove
In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone catches up with old friend D.J. Short, who is a passionate Mets fan that once wrote for MetsBlog, but is now a featured contributor on NBCSports.com’s Hardball Talk…
The Mets have shown interest in signing free agent RHP Bronson Arroyo, who has said he would be interested in signing with the Mets…
2:45 pm: The Mets might meet with Arroyo during the Winter Meetings, but the Mets aren’t serious about him right now (Puma).
Dec. 2: The Mets are not super high on Arroyo, and a meeting may never take place, according to a team official (Rubin).
Dec. 2: The Mets are interested in meeting with Arroyo, but they have yet to set up a meeting with him or his agent (Cafardo).
Dec. 1: Seven teams have contacted Arroyo, but none of them have made a contract offer, yet (Cafardo).
Nov. 30: Sandy Alderson expects to soon meet with Arroyo, who is expected to ask for a three-year deal (Rubin).
Nov. 30: The Mets and Twins are aggressively pursuing Arroyo, although the two sides aren’t close to a deal (Cotillo).
Nov. 19: “I’m open to everybody, and I think New York is great,” Arroyo told WFAN. “I’ve been an East Coast guy my whole life.”
Nov. 1: Arroyo said he would definitely consider signing with the Mets (Martin).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I like the signing of Curtis Granderson. It was totally necessary, a) given the market, and b) given skepticism around baseball about the state of the franchise. Granderson is significant step in the right direction, I’m thrilled ownership and their front office did what was needed to get a deal done, but additional steps are needed… They can’t stop here.
According to Newsday’s Marc Carig, the Mets have no plans to move Eric Young Jr. to second base, instead, they still see him as a fourth outfielder.
This may be true… right now. But, I do expect the Mets to continue talking with teams about Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis, among others. I believe the Mets are still looking for more power, be it in the outfield or on the infield, they need a leadoff hitter and they still need to sign a starting pitcher. It may not be the ideal outcome, but Young could play second, if trading Murphy means bringing more power to the lineup.
In either case, the Winter Meetings start next Monday and they’re going to be very interesting to watch…
Speaking of Orlando, MetsBlog and SNY.TV will have Robert Brender doing LIVE, two-hour Q&ACasts from the Winter Meetings next week. We’ll be taking questions, talking with guests, and bringing you minute-by-minute conversation around the day’s latest rumors here in MetsBlog.com…
The Mets will sign OF Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract.
Granderson played in just 61 games last season. He hit 40 home runs in each of the previous two seasons with the Yankees.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets better be sure Granderson can return to being what he was with Detroit, where he was a better all-around hitter, “otherwise, he could end up being another Jason Bay,” an AL player development person told me yesterday.
After that, an AL scout told me he felt Granderson became pull-happy on inside pitches while with the Yankees, probably because it resulted in easy home runs down their shorter, right-field line.
“That’s not going to happen in Citi Field,” he said. “They’ll be pop outs, and then they’ll start throwing him away, away, away, and get him to swing and miss or fly out to left.”
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Granderson’s home runs are mostly clustered in right field. However, few of them were cheap. The overlay charts, while not a perfect tool, show the vast majority going out at Citi Field. He should certainly try to adapt to hit more line drives, because the gaps at Citi Field will give him a lot of doubles and triples, but he’s done that in the past and he’s clearly a smart and capable enough hitter to make adjustments based on his park.
Regardless, the Bay comparisons are really misplaced because a decline of that extreme magnitude is rare enough to make Bay a statistical outlier; and — by definition — outliers make for really bad predictions. The best evidence we have is Granderson himself — a hard-swinger who will strike out a lot, but who has the strength to hit the ball a far distance. Age and a change in park will inevitably keep him from being the 40+ home run hitter he used to be, but if the Mets want power he’ll give it to them.
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