The Mets have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal is for four-years and is worth $60 million, Sherman notes in a second tweet. The Granderson to Mets signing has been imminent for a few days now, but today it was officially finalized. The deal is pending a physical.
Granderson, 33 in March, missed 101 games last season due to injury. In his 61 games with the Yankees, Granderson hit .229/.317/.407 in two stints off injury. Curtis Granderson missed the beginning of the season, and after returning on May 14th, Granderson only played in eight games before returning to the DL, where he resided until August 2nd. From August 11th through the end of the season, Granderson seemed to get close to finding his stroke back from injury. In those 45 games, Granderson hit .236/.311/.429 with 5 home runs and 11 RBI. A healthy offseason may just be what Granderson needs to fully recover.
Over his career, Curtis Granderson has hit .261/.340/.488 with a .305 BABIP spending time with the Detroit Tigers (2004-2009) and the New York Yankees (2010-2013). At Citi Field, Granderson has hit .143/.321/.286 in 6 career games there. Health may be one of Granderson's only issues; besides spending time on the DL in 2013, Granderson also was sidelined in 2010 and 2008.
Mets center-fielders hit a 29th ranked .615 OPS in 2013. The signing of Granderson should translate into better play from their center fielders in 2014. Although health may be an issue, Granderson has only played less than 100 games once since becoming a full-time player in 2006 and that was in 2013. Expect Granderson to be back strong in 2014, and play a good center field with the New York Mets.