Are The Mets And Curtis Granderson A Fit?

The New York Mets talked with outfielder Curtis Granderson. The meeting reportedly took place in San Diego. Although the Mets would not confirm a meeting, it was reported by several media outlets.

Granderson turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Yankees, so that gives you an idea of where he’s coming from. He wants a pay-day. The Mets already signed free agent Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract, so if the Mets landed Granderson it would probably send Eric Young to the bench, re-opening the hole he filled last season.

GRANDERSON: On Mets' radar/

GRANDERSON: On Mets’ radar/

Granderson, 33 in March, would provide left-handed power, but is ranked behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz in the free-agent market, so getting him wouldn’t be as costly. Granderson reportedly wants four years, but the Mets could approach him with three plus an option. I don’t believe a flat three would get him to Flushing.

Because of injuries – a broken forearm in spring training and later a broken pinkie finger – Granderson is coming off a terrible season in which he played in just 61 games and hit .229 with seven homers and 15 RBI.

The Yankees wanted to bring back Granderson – hence the qualifying offer – but their pursuit of Beltran sings a different tune.

While Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he didn’t want an injury reclamation project, Granderson’s injuries were freakish in nature – hit by a pitch – and he will likely look at the 84 combined homers in 2011 and 2012.

That’s a lot of production, but Anderson must consider the Yankee Stadium bandbox and realize Granderson won’t hit like that in Citi Field. Alderson would have to take that approach with any power hitter on the market. Ellsbury is the line-drive, speed outfielder who would be perfect, but the Mets won’t give him the six years or $100-million-plus package he’s seeking.

So, if you’re a glass-half-empty kind of person, there’s the salary Granderson would want; his recent injury history and age; and the questionable nature of his numbers.

If you’re the glass-half-full kind, there’s the potential power he could provide; that he fills a need and despite his negatives is a step up.

There are players I’d rather the Mets get over Granderson, but they won’t pay that kind of money. Assuming $51 million over three years ($17 million a season), Granderson would be a relatively economical upgrade in the outfield.

He would fall under the category of being the best the Mets could get.

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4 thoughts on “Are The Mets And Curtis Granderson A Fit?

  1. Granderson would be a perfect fit. A power hitting solid defensively OFer who could play any where in the OF. Granderson- Lagares/den Dekker- Young would be a great defensive OF and might supply some power. It would be definite upgrade from last year even with Byrd gone.

    • Cabbie: Undoubtedly it would be an upgrade. Granderson is better defensively than people give him credit for. I mentioned Yankee Stadium, but Granderson did play and produced in spacious Comerica Park in Detroit.-JD

  2. Hot stove info on Grandy and others.
    I just watched the last 10 minutes of MLBTR live chat, and according to Steve Adams, Granderson does not fit the model of the CWS, and Adams thinks Grandy will land with NYM. Mike Puma reported less than an hour ago that an offer to Grandy could come this week:
    Other news

    Reports out of Anaheim today suggest that the Angels aren’t likely to trade Trumbo. I could see them waiting and grabbing a high-upside free agent pitcher. There are still some solid names left

    Price is clearly a class above Fister, and I think TB goal will be to top last year’s return on James Shields, which they may well be able to do.

    Who do you think offered Beltran 3/48….Steve Adams: If I had to guess, I’d say Seattle. I can’t see KC offering that much even if they were willing to go to three years

    nor do I see the Jays wanting to move Bautista despite previous (bogus) rumors.

    does Adam Laroche have any trade value? Steve Adams: I laughed. And no, not really.

    Mariners appear to be hot for Cano.

  3. Well there is not much out there.

    We need to improve the team

    I don’t think this guy is worth it, but it will move us forward I guess.

    I get the dealing his defense is not that good and his hitting sucks, but he has power.

    It’s not like we have options.

    I would sign him and hold my nose.