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Curtis Granderson leaves Yankees for Mets (and $60 million)

Dec 6, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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In a big move that will nonetheless get almost zero attention among New York sports fans today, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have signed former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $60 million.

Granderson missed more than 100 games with injuries this year and hit just .227 with a .723 OPS when healthy enough to be in the lineup for the lowest OPS of his career. However, during his first three seasons with the Yankees he played 452 of a possible 486 games while posting an .843 OPS that ranked 14th among all MLB outfielders.

As a low-batting average, high-strikeout player whose declining defense may soon force him to an outfield corner full time making a commitment to Granderson through age 36 is a big risk, but $60 million is exactly what Fan Graphs pegged his value at during the past four seasons even with all the missed time this year.

  1. bpearse230 - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    This reminds me a bit of the Cliff Floyd signing. He was solid for a few years and over the hill when the Mets started competing again, but still provided leadership and some great AB’s off the bench, even on one leg in 2006. It was also nice to see an above average major leaguer in the OF instead of Jeromy Burnitz, Timo Perez and Tony Tarasco.

  2. csbanter - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    The Mets are weird. They continue to make moves that leave you scratching your head. Granderson is a good dude by all accounts , but he like Teixera became homer happy at Yankee Stadium. What happens when his homer totals are cut in half, and he’s hitting :255 with 80 runs batted in ? n 60 million for four years of this, Angel Pagan would’ve been better and much cheaper.

  3. sincitybonobo - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Not a horrible deal for Mets. He’ll miss RF at Yankee Stadium, though. The Mets employed a replacement level OF last year. Grandy will help and by 2015, they could make some noise when Harvey returns.

    I like their potential to be consistently better than PHI and MIA over the next two years. Even ATL has some horrendous contracts- Uptons, Uggla are due $40 mil this year and next. But, with a solid pipeline of talent from the farm system, they have been paying some quality players very little for some time.

  4. Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    It’s Wilpoon logic. And yet, the spirit of you-know-who continues to brood over the Mutts’ personnel decisions. I don’t mention it because I have some friends who are, inexplicably, still Mutts fans and I don’t want to ruin their afternoon.

    • bbk1000 - Dec 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Mutts’…nice….so dumb and grammatically incorrect even with the slangs…..

      Please OG go away…..there must be a bridge someplace you could useā€¦..

      • Old Gator - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

        You should never have let me know that I annoy you. Muahahahaha.

        By the way, you ought to check Strunk and White for the correct usages of ellipses before you go around correcting other peoples’ correct grammar, not to mention spelling. “slangs” ?

      • bbk1000 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        You have me there…..a house full of loud people and a belly full of beer never ends well……..add a computer and it only gets worse…..

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        He couldn’t afford the tolls on New Yawk’s bridges, anyway.

  5. yournuts - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Wish him well, he is a gentleman and an asset to the community. He does strikes out way to much and his power numbers should drop at Citifield. Congrats Curtis.

  6. bh0673 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Quality guy and decent player I wish him well in Queens, I am sure he will get an ovation his first trip bank to the Bronx (unlike someone else who signed elsewhere). The only issue I see is CitiField is not as friendly as Yankee Stadium is especially to a lefty could make a lot of Yankee home Runs a Met fly ball out and his high strike out ratio. Regardless a class act.

  7. anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    He was a good Yankee and I hope he does will with the Mets. I wonder where the “player whose declining defense may soon force him to an outfield corner full time” comment comes from. He didn’t play much in 2013, because he got hit by pitches but the year before he looked real good in LF. He occasionally gets turned around on line drives over his head but the reason that he was moved from CF was that they had been grooming Gardner for the position, not because of his defense.

  8. chinahand11 - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Granderson is a good guy and good ballplayer. Unfortunately, the Mets are a team where sluggers go to wind it down. Bring your hot wheels, Curtis, and good luck.

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