After hitting two home runs early in Spring Training, Curtis Granderson has struggled mightily. He went 0-for-3 in today’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and he is hitting just .157 in 51 at-bats this spring. Even though it is only exhibition games, it is reasonable to start getting concerned about the newly-acquired New York Mets‘ outfielder.
While Granderson is considered a positive signing by most fans, he does carry a lot of risk. He is coming off an injury-plagued season where he played just 61 games, and he will be 33 years old on opening day. Since the Mets signed him to a large four-year contract, they will be paying him significant amounts money past his prime seasons.
Another concern is that Granderson is moving from hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium into Citi field. Since it is substantially harder to hit for power in Citi Field, his production could drop dramatically. As a member of the Yankees, Granderson took advantage his stadium’s favorable dimensions and posted incredible power numbers. For the Mets, he will have to change his approach and hit for more contact.
With the Mets lack of recent success with free agents, fans have to start being skeptical about Granderson. His poor Spring Training results in addition to his age are early warning signs. At 33 years old, we could be seeing the start of Granderson’s decline. While the Mets are hoping Granderson will be a major contributor this season, it’s possible he winds up as another bust.