Mets plan on starting Curtis Granderson in center field
The Mets will likely start next season with Curtis Granderson in CF.
Hey, remember all the rumors just a week ago about Granderson being traded? There was the big main rumor about Grandy being on the trading block. Then there was the rumor that the Mets would likely get prospects in a trade for the Grandy man. Well, as of the latest rumor, it looks as though Granderson is off the trading block.
This rumor was somewhat confirmed by the Mets announcing their plans for Granderson next season.
Last week during Winter Meetings (a reminder once again that the Mets made zero moves), Terry Collins told reporters that Granderson will likely begin the 2017 season playing in center field.
We know that Granderson is willing to play center field — he even reiterated this sentiment last month. He did play there regularly from his rookie year through 2012, and a bit this past season — he even made a run-saving catch at the wall during the Wild Card game.
If Granderson is indeed in center, this means that Michael Conforto will spend the majority of his time in right field. Conforto has played center, though, and could fill in if needed as he did a pretty good job.
We all know that Yoenis Cespedes prefers left field, which is where he’ll be this upcoming season. This was confirmed during his press conference at the end of November, when Mets GM Sandy Alderson stated that Yo will be exclusively playing left field going forward.
Juan Lagares, you know that Gold Glove winning center fielder, will also get some playing time in CF.
Jose Reyes was also worked out in center field this past season, and the Mets recently stated that they will give him more outfield time during Spring Training this upcoming season as well.
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Do I think Granderson can get the job done in center? Yes, yes I do. Of course I’d want an actual center fielder in center — like if Juanny Beisbol revisits us again this season — that would be nice, right?