Who will hit some homers?
Steal a base or two?
He’s certainly no stiff, but often he will whiff.
The Grandy Man.
After a lot of talk and little else this offseason, Sandy Alderson and the Mets finally made a significant move as the team agreed to a 4 year, $60 million deal with former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson. With several large contracts finally off the books, fans have been waiting for the team to open up their checkbook and make some much-needed improvements. But until today, their only move had been the signing of Chris Young (the .200 hitting outfielder, not to be confused with the oft-injured pitcher).
So does signing Granderson turn the Mets into contenders? Heck no. He’s a flawed player and not a perfect fit. With the current roster, Granderson would project to hit fourth, and he’s certainly no cleanup hitter. But the addition of the “Grandy Man” is a start. He adds power to a team that sorely lacks pop, and the projected outfield of Granderson-Juan Lagares-Young should be one of the better defensive outfields in the league.
The key will be what Alderson does next. The Mets need to figure out their first base situation (no Lucas Duda, please), could use an upgrade at shortstop, and need to address their bullpen. With no Matt Harvey in 2014, the Mets also need to fill a spot in their starting rotation.
What tricks does Sandy have up his sleeve? Will the Wilpons allow him to do much more? We may find out as soon as next week as Major League Baseball holds their Winter Meetings at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Hopefully, the Mets bring home more than a pair of Mickey ears.
The big discussion around the Mets these days (well, other than Madoff, the Wilpons, and Finkle…I mean Einhorn) is what they will do with Jose Reyes. In his contract year, Reyes may be playing the best baseball of his career, showing everyone around the league why he is arguably the most exciting leadoff hitter in baseball. He’s hitting triples, stealing bases, and is one of the few Mets who has not been injured this year.
Coming off of back-to-back disappointing, injury-plagued seasons, the prevailing thought was that Reyes would be a goner after his contract expired at season’s end, or he would be dealt by the July 31 trade deadline before he left as a free agent. However, with Reyes showing just how important he is to the team at the plate and in the field, the Mets may consider trying to lock up Reyes after all.
Of course, with the Mets financial woes, they likely will need to clear payroll to pay for Reyes. With Santana and Bay unmovable, the focus has shifted to David Wright. Once considered the Mets’ next captain, Wright has struggled since the move to Citi Field. He has shown flashes of being one of the best third baseman in baseball, but Fred Wilpon‘s comments in the infamous article in The New Yorker were actually dead-on: Wright is a very good player, but not a superstar.
As someone who owns a David Wright jersey, I never thought I’d see the day where Wright would be dealt. He has often proclaimed wanting to be a Met for life, and he has been the face of the franchise since the departure of Mike Piazza. Wright has shown to be more durable than Reyes (this year’s back injury notwithstanding), but if you look at the big picture, who is more replaceable? If you take a long, objective look, it’s Wright.
That being said, Mets fans are hoping that Sandy Alderson and the Wilpons can find a way to keep both Reyes and Wright. But at the end of the day, will it matter? The Mets have had both Wright and Reyes on the left side of the infield for most of the past decade, and here is what they have to show for it:
First Place Finishes: 1
Playoff Appearances: 1
World Series Appearances: 0
Monumental Collapses: 2
Maybe the departure of one of the Mets “core” players isn’t the worst thing. I mean, how much worse can things get with the Mets?