Sep 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Curtis Granderson (14) doubles to deep right allowing a runner to score during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Sandy Alderson Meets With Curtis Granderson

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Sandy Alderson met with Curtis Granderson yesterday:

This is logical, as the GM is likely seeking as much clarity as possible before the winter meetings which begin next week. If Alderson is able to address his outfield need (after having signed Chris Young last week) before the meetings, then he could focus on landing a shortstop, starting pitcher, and backup catcher next week.

Granderson would help fill several needs that the Mets have identified as priorities for this off-season. Mostly, Granderson would bring some much-needed power to lineup, having averaged 36 home runs over his last 3 full seasons. While his power numbers may be a bit infalted at Yankee Stadium, 17 of Granderson’s 43 home runs in 2012 were hit on the road. While with the Tigers (in a park much more similar to Citi Field), Granderson averaged 24 home runs per season over 4 full seasons. Granderson plays solid defense, runs well, and has been successful in 77% of his stolen base attempts during his career.

If Alderson were to sign Granderson, there would be a question as to whether Granderson would play center field, or move to a corner position to allow Juan Lagares to be the center fielder. In any case, an outfield of Granderson, Lagares, and Chris Young, or Eric Young, Jr., Granderson, and Chris Young would be a significant improvement over the 2013 outfield.

Finally, the Mets are at a point where they need to do something significant, and do it quickly. The fan base is growing increasingly antsy over the lack of significant activity, in the off-season that was supposed to be the most significant in the recent past. Granderson is a marquee name, perhaps the biggest name of this year’s free agent class. And having him move across town certainly would not hurt the perceived value of signing him.

This may be an interesting week, to be followed by another next week.

Stay tuned.

Thoughts from Danny Abriano:

If the Mets aren’t planning a run at Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo, Granderson should be their target.

Granderson will turn 33 in March, and is likely to command a three or four year deal at roughly $15 million dollars per year.  The Mets are rumored to be interested in Nelson Cruz, but I don’t see why they would be.  Cruz is coming off a PED suspension, and has one plus tool – his power.  Cruz is also a complete butcher in the outfield.

Rich wondered above whether Granderson would play center field or in a corner outfield spot if the Mets were to sign him.  Since Juan Lagares’ value at the moment lies with his defense, one would figure that Granderson would find himself in a corner.

There still may be a long way to go between now and the time Granderson signs, but Alderson meeting with him is certainly a step in the right direction.


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  • Herb G

    Hallelujah! Although I would not be happy about losing that 2nd round draft pick, Grandy is a player I would do it for. (not Cruz) He would certainly provide adequate protection for Wright in the lineup. The best part of signing him, however, would be that it might shut up the Alderdson critics and Wilpon haters who seem to find something bad in everything the Mets do and everything they don’t do.
    If, as suggested, Alderson could wap up Granderson quickly, he could turn to trades next week at the winter meetings. I wonder how Mets fans would feel about an outfield of Young – Granderson – Ethier.

    • Sam Maxwell

      I personally wouldn’t give ANYTHING up for Andre Ethier. I’d rather Sandy turn his attention to one of the Texas shortstops after/if he signs Grandy, if we’re talking about giving up any prospects.

    • Herb G

      Sam, Texas only has one shortstop after the Kinsler trade, and Elvis Andrus isn’t going anywhere. I’m not disagreeing with you that the next vital step after signing Granderson, (he said hopefully) is to get a quality shortstop. There are several good ones out there, but the one I am focusing on, as low hanging fruit, is Yunel Escobar. We match up very well with the Rays, and Duda (or Davis, if absolutely necessary) with a decent prospect should get him. We need to get one additional veteran starter too.

      After all is said and done, I am suggesting that if Sandy still has the budget left, he could consider trading for Ethier because an outfield of Young – Granderson – Ethier with Lagares and den Dekker as backups would play much better than a Young – Lagares – Granderson outfield with den Dekker and Brown as backups.

    • Sam Maxwell

      Ethier is overrated I feel, which is why I want to give up no chips for the guy. It is actually quite a titilating idea how bonkers the defense could be with Chris Young in left, Lagares in center, and Granderson in right. The only way to see whether Lagares can eventually hit in the majors (’cause he’s done so at every level and still was able to hit a respectable .250 up here) is to play the guy.

      And you’re forgetting about Jerrickson Profar in Texas.

    • Herb G

      We can disagree on whether Ethier is overrated. I think he is seen realistically as a quality outfielder whose contract is now more expenive than what he is worth. He was just seen as more valuable before the 2012 season than he is now.Thats why the Dodgers would eat a significant portion of his salary. I think he would be an upgtrade over Lagares and if we already had Granderson and Young in the fold, would be icing on the cake. BUT, I WOULD BE VERY HAPPY WITH LAGARES IN CF NEXT SEASON. I believe he is a good ballplayer and may mature into a top notch outfielder if he becomes more selective at the plate. He’ll never give us the power that Ethier does, but he has more speed and a better glove. He is probably our CF next year and I am looking forward to seeing how he continues to develop.

      And, I’m not forgetting Jurickson Profar. After trading Kinsler, Profar will be the Rangers starting second baseman, and as such, he definitely will no be traded.

    • Sam Maxwell

      Unless they liked Murph. But I get it. Murph doesn’t have Texas-sized power. OR COULD in that ballpark…….

      Regarding Lagares, I think the bat will come around. He had hit at every level of the minors, and I saw enough hot streaks to know the kind of gap ability he has. Like you said, he just needs to cut down on his outside strike zone aggressiveness.

    • Herb G

      Murph for Profar would get us laughed out of Texas. It’s not the lack of power, it’s the huge differential in upside. If 2 years from now Profar has flopped, they would grab at the deal.

      I hope you’re right on Lagares. He was doing nicely in DR winter ball until his knee acted up.