The New York Mets made a splash with the signing of Curtis Granderson yesterday, which has gotten my attention for both good and bad reasons. The signing showed me that the Mets front office once again appear serious about getting this organization heading back in the right track, but at the same time it has me wondering if this could be another bad contract for a franchise that has not had much luck with the free agent market in recent years.
Anyone who has watched Granderson the past two years could tell you that his number one priority seemed to be to hit homeruns over that short right field porch that so many lefties love in Yankee stadium. So this begs the question if Granderson, who turns 33 in March, will be able to produce at the level that many Mets fans will feel warrant $15 million per year for the next 4 years. The answer is most likely to end up being ‘no’ and so tempering our expectations may prove helpful. When healthy we can probably only hope in a park like Citi Field that Granderson will hit 22-27 homeruns while respectably hitting around .250. It might sound crazy but that is about as optimistic as I can be with this signing and with Granderson coming off an injury-plagued season where he only saw 214 at-bats and belting only 7 homers, can you blame me?
It’s probably only natural, right or wrong, that fans start having flashbacks of the Jason Bay signing that was made back in 2009, even though Bay was coming off a tremendous 36 homerun, 119 RBI campaign in which he batted 267. Yes, I know that can be hard to believe especially after what we all witnessed for three horrific seasons in New York.
As weird as this may sound with the budget set by Alderson I still need to see more and hope that the Granderson signing was just another step in executing a larger plan this offseason. As MetsBlog.com has noted so many times before the Mets still need to go out and bring in another power bat either in the outfield or at first base, along with another pitcher that Collins can plug into the rotation. Only then will I be at ease with the Granderson signing and can start to get excited about the Mets contending in the NL East once again. At the end of the off-season if Curtis Granderson can be perceived by the fans as a weapon and not the savior of a franchise that has been so unlucky and underachieving in recent years, then Sandy Alderson will have done his job in executing his largest contract as Mets GM.
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