Report: Mets agree to deal with Curtis Granderson
The Mets have finally made an offseason move.
The Yankees lost their second free agent on Friday with outfielder Curtis Granderson reportedly inking a four-year deal with the Mets. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman was first to report the deal, worth a reported $60 million, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Granderson, 32, never seemed in demand by the Yankees, but he does make an immediate impact in the Mets lineup. He battled two fluky injuries last season, first breaking his forearm after getting hit by a pitch in spring training and then breaking his hand on a hit by pitch upon his return. He played just 61 games and hit .229 with seven home runs.
But Granderson has a proven track record of performance at both Detroit and New York. He’s a three-time All Star — twice in New York and once in Detroit — and finished fourth in MVP voting in 2011 when he hit 41 homers and had a league-leading 119 RBIs.
He has averaged a season of .261 with a .340 on-base percentage, 30 homers, 83 RBIs and 106 runs scored over his 10-year career.
The Yankees signed center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven-year deal earlier this week, making Granderson a more expendable piece.
The Mets have been criticized for not making any signings in recent seasons, especially as they’ve dealt with financial issues in the wake of the much-publicized Bernie Madoff case. The Mets’ payroll was just $73.9 million in 2013, No. 22 in the majors. David Wright is the only player on the roster who makes more than $3.2 million per season.
Granderson will likely play one of the corner outfield positions in New York, after playing center most of his career. He was asked to move to left field last season with Brett Gardner taking over in center field. The Mets have been very happy with Juan Lagares’ defense in center.
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