Curtis Granderson gave the New York Yankees the Heisman yesterday when he said no thank you to the $14.1 million qualifying offer that was on the table for the 2014 season.
Looking at the bigger picture, the 33-year old Grandyman will garner multi-year deals on the free agent market from other teams; so not accepting a one-year deal is the logical thing to do.
Mets have plans to meet with Curtis Granderson's agent this week, I am told.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) November 11, 2013
The Mets would love to meet with Granderson’s agent Matt Brown this week at the General Managers meetings down in Orlando if he is in attendance other wise it will be immediately following.
Granderson endured two broken hands in 2103, which kept him on the DL for the majority of last season and inevitably lowered his free agent stock. But since both injuries can be chalked up to bad luck, his overall health is not that concerning.
In my opinion the Yankees letting Granderson walk is a big mistake because the team’s biggest weakness in 2013 was a lack of offensive power.
Here are Granderson’s batting stats from 2010 – 2013. Please note that last season he only played in 61 games, so don’t take that into account as much.
(All stats come courtesy of baseball-refernce.com)
Curtis Granderson - Batting Stats - 2010-2013
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB
2010 29 NYY AL 136 528 466 76 115 17 7 24 67 12 2 53 116 0.247 0.324 0.468 0.792 108 218
2011 30 NYY AL 156 691 583 136 153 26 10 41 119 25 10 85 169 0.262 0.364 0.552 0.916 142 322
2012 31 NYY AL 160 684 596 102 138 18 4 43 106 10 3 75 195 0.232 0.319 0.492 0.811 115 293
2013 32 NYY AL 61 245 214 31 49 13 2 7 15 8 2 27 69 0.229 0.317 0.407 0.723 97 87
Many Yankees fans whine about Granderson’s alarmingly high strikeout numbers and diminishing batting average, but his 40+ homers, 100+ RBIs and runs make up for that especially on the now offensively anemic Yankees.
Now the question remains will the Mets lure the Grandyman to Queens, and make his new home Citi Field?
Well, looking at Granderson’s home run landing spots from 2012, the Amazins’ would be losing about 25% of his biggest asset because of Citi Fields dimensions.
Just take at Granderson’s “true” landing spots at both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, courtesy of ESPN’s Home Run Tracker.
These charts clearly show that Granderson could lose 10+ homers in Citi Field, which is a quarter of his power. And mind you, Granderson has spent his entire career in the American League, and playing in the National League, where the pitching is known to be tougher could factor in as well.
Bottom line is resigning Granderson makes a lot more sense for the Yankees, not only just offensively, but a starting outfield with him, Alfonso Soriano and Bret Gardner is a solid trio.
Also, being a good man off the field is becoming a rarity in pro sports theses days, and Garnderson’s character is as solid as they come.