According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the monetary breakdown of Curtis Granderson’s contract will be as follows:
Paying Granderson $13 million in 2014 gives the Mets another $2 million to work with this offseason.
It was also a smart move on Sandy Alderson’s part to not backload this deal – note that Granderson will earn less in the last year of the deal than in years two and three.
ORIGINAL STORY, 12/6:
According to multiple reports, the Mets and Curtis Granderson have agreed to a four year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post appeared to have the news first:
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the deal is worth $60 million ($15 million annually). It’s not yet known if the contract is frontloaded, backloaded, or evenly distributed.
Welcome to the Mets, Curtis!
This move is bigger than just the Mets signing Granderson.
It signals that the team is again ready to be serious in free agency (even it it’s not for the best of the best just yet).
Sep 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (14) advances to third during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets are at a stage where they need to begin to add significant pieces that cost tens of millions of dollars, and Granderson certainly qualifies.
There were many who doubted whether the Mets would do anything big this offseason, and those doubts have now been answered.
Let’s hope this is just another step, since the roster as currently constructed is not yet in position to be a contender.