The New York Mets did something out of the ordinary and spent some money during free agency over the offseason.
One of those moves was signing Curtis Granderson to four-year, $60 million contract in an attempt to bolster the outfield. Granderson showed why the Mets gave him all that money on Tuesday.
In his third appearance of Spring Training, Granderson went 2-for-3 with two HRs and three RBIs in the Mets’ 6-2 win over the Houston Astros.
That kind of production is exactly why the Mets signed Granderson. Not only does he improve the outfield, but he adds another big bat in the lineup to pair with David Wright in the middle of the lineup. Granderson provides protection for Wright in the lineup, which is something the Mets have been lacking.
Granderson was injured for most of last season, but he put up some great numbers in the two season before. In both 2011 and 2012, Granderson hit more than 40 home runs and had over 100 RBIs, earning All-Star Game nominations in both seasons. He was also fourth in the AL MVP voting and a Silver Slugger in 2011, a season where he hit .262 with 43 home runs and 119 RBIs.
Granderson was only one of the additions on display, as Chris Young was also in the lineup. Another outfielder, Young went 1-for-3 with a RBI double in the first inning. The Mets’ move to sign Young drew some criticism, but if he can add a solid bat to the lineup like he did against the Astros while playing solid defense, he could be a great addition.
These additions, along with a wave of young talent, have created a lot of excitement for the Mets. The Mets have a trio of young arms to lead their rotation in Noah Syndergaard and Zach Wheeler, who both have thrown two scoreless innings in their first starts of the spring, and Matt Harvey, who is out after Tommy John Surgery, as well as one of the top catching prospects in the game in Travis d’Arnaud.
With the new acquisitions and all the young talent, the Mets are a team on the rise. Don’t be surprised if they are a contending team in the near future.