According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, talks between the Mets and Curtis Granderson are beginning to intensify and a while a deal is not imminent, one could within the next week. The team is said to be willing to offer 3 years to Granderson with a 4th year possible if they are willing to take a cut in the net AAV.
Granderson is a perfect fit for this team for a few reasons.
A) Correlation between Draft Pick Compensation and Playing Time
- Signing Granderson is going to cost the Mets their second round pick. However in order to significantly improve the club the team brass HAS to sign some sort of QO free agent. If your going to give up your draft pick, you might as well give it up for someone who is going to contribute to your team for 150 games rather than 30.
B) Power and Line-up Protection
- While Granderson does not hit for much of an average with a career mark of .261, he does bring significant power to a line-up averaging 30 HRs a season. Those stats are prototypical of a National League clean-up hitter, one the Mets have not had since Carlos Delgado left the club. Slotting him in at the #4 spot not only gives the team a power threat but it also puts him in front of the best offensive 3B in the game. Pitchers will have to pick their poison now between giving David Wright more fastballs or facing Granderson with runner(s) on base.
C) Best Defensive Outfield in Baseball?
- 3 Centerfielders, all known for good defense, in the same OF may seem like a scary idea when you think back to the Mike Cameron/Carlos Beltran incident, However, if they can get it right we may be looking at the best defensive OF in all of baseball. In a partial season, Juan Lagares posted a + 24.4 UZR only falling behind Arizona's Gerardo Parra as the best defensive OF in all of baseball. Lets say a full season gets him to +27.5 UZR; if you combine that with Chris Young's career UZR of +19.3 and Granderson's career UZR of +8.9 you end up with +55.7 UZR or roughly 65 runs saved via defense. This is a few runs better than the top OF in baseball which was Kansas City