As the MLB offseason begins to get underway, many are speculating and predicting that outfielder Curtis Granderson will end up with the New York Mets after spending the last three seasons across town with the New York Yankees. Granderson is certainly an interesting player that’s worth considering, but would it be worth it for the Mets to pursue him?
Right of the bat, Granderson’s power should pique the Mets’ interest, as he hit over 40 home runs in both 2011 and 2012 — albeit in a very lefty-friendly Yankee Stadium. However, he hit at least 22 home runs during his final three years with the Detroit Tigers, and even while playing half his games at Citi Field, the Mets may be able to except 20 long balls from him next season if he were to sign with them.
On top of his power, Granderson also has plenty of speed, which is a dimension the Mets could use more of. He makes up for a high strikeout rate by drawing plenty of walks. He would fit best in left field for the Mets, but he is capable of playing all three outfield positions, which would give the Mets useful versatility with so much uncertainty in their outfield right now.
Finally, his personality and his intangibles are all positive, and there’s no doubt that he’s capable of playing in New York, which means something.
However, there are drawbacks with Granderson. It’s possible that he could seek a three or four-year deal, which could be risky for a player his age that’s coming off a season in which he didn’t play much because of injury. The Mets would also have to give up their second-round draft pick as the Yankees made him a qualifying offer, and while giving up that pick shouldn’t be a deal-breaker, it’s something to consider.
If the market is tepid for Granderson, the Mets should make a serious run at signing him. If they can get him on a two-year deal or somehow keep his contract under $10 million per year, Granderson would be a great addition. However, if there’s strong competition for his services and the price becomes anything greater than three years and $12 million per year, the Mets should back out.
If they’re going to pay that much and give up a draft pick, they’d be better off signing someone younger who doesn’t have concerns like age, injuries or strikeouts. That being said, the Mets should definitely be monitoring Granderson closely and make him an offer if the price is right.