By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on March 10, 2014
The biggest acquisition the New York Mets made this offseason was signing free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year contract. Of course, Granderson’s signing was not without plenty of backlash from people in baseball who felt the Mets overpaid to get him, guaranteed him too many years, and will eventually regret signing him. But Mets fans shouldn't worry; here are five reasons why Granderson will not be a bust with the Mets.
Not every free agent the Mets sign can handle playing in New York, but after spending the last four seasons with the Yankees, we know that’s not going to be an issue with Granderson. Not only can he handle the bright lights, but he’s also flourished in them, and that will help him have success with the Mets right away.
Granderson’s injuries from last season aren't an issue in the slightest. Getting hit by the pitch and ending up on the disabled list is not related to Granderson getting older and becoming more injury-prone. In fact, in every season from 2006 to 2012, he played in at least 135 games.
During his introductory press conference, Mets fans learned what the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers already knew. Granderson is one of the most affable people in baseball and will be a great presence in the clubhouse for the Mets over the next four seasons. He’s going to be able to handle the media and be a great role model for younger players, which will have a positive effect on the team.
He may not have the strongest outfield arm, but Granderson has experience playing all three positions and he can still cover plenty of ground in the outfield. The Mets had a great defensive outfield last season, and Granderson is going to help give the Mets an elite defensive outfield over the next few years.
Granderson probably won’t have another 40-HR season, but in his final four seasons in Detroit, he averaged 23 HRs per season, so he’s capable of hitting the ball out in ballparks other than Yankee Stadium. Citi Field isn't as unfair to hitters as people think, and a professional hitter like Granderson should be able to make the necessary adjustments. Hitting 20-25 home runs per season over the next couple of years is possible.
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