While I like Granderson Signing With The Mets, I Hate The Chris Young Deal
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I wrote an article about the Mets about 6 weeks ago. In the piece, I illustrated that I thought Curtis Granderson was a good fit for the New York NL franchise.
I still like that they acquired the guy, even though I think they paid him too much cash.
The week before this, the franchise also inked Chris Young to a one year/$7.25 MIL.
So essentially, you have signed 2 guys for $22.25 on the books for the 2014 season. Why didn’t you just sign Shin-Soo Choo fellas?
Curtis Granderson 2011 Highlights
Again, I think Granderson will play decently in New York. He has a chance to be a 20 HR/20 SB guy. I also believe with a bigger park, he must change his approach a little bit.’
Because he walks, I foresee a .240/.330/.780 Slash Line, with potentially 20 HRs, 30 Doubles and that will be a significant upgrade on the outfield the team had before he arrived.
In essence, you have possible added 350 Strikeouts in the OF between Young and Granderson. You add that with the 1st on the depth chart (Juan Lagares), and you might foresee another 150 whiffs.
The lineup will definitely have to send Ike Davis packing. Let’s go over the rest of the teams totals.
David Wright is fully allowed to have is strikeout rate because of a .390 OBP, although he fanned 79 times in just 112 games.
The franchise has also said to be shopping Lucas Duda as well, or maybe they have considered moving him to 1st base in the event they trade Davis 1st. This guy k’d 100 times in a measly 318 AB.
Daniel Murphy finished just 5 Strikeouts shy of eclipsing the century mark.
Travis d’Arnaud was a victim of a strikeout 20 times in just 112 AB.
This has a recipe for disaster all over it.
The current squad does have a certain amount of power and speed. They will need to be aggressive on the base paths, and from 1st to 3rd – since emulating a good contact team like St. Louis is out of the question.
The team should go with a split of Chris Young and Lagares, with the lion-share of the work going to EY. He has speed to steal bases, which would be vital for the team scoring runs.
Eric Young draws walks more frequently so far, although Lagares has a smaller sample size.
I have the feeling that Chris Young will be an expensive ‘pine rider’ by the time this year is a couple of weeks. Then again, the Mets could surprise us like they did with Marlon Byrd in 2013.
Speaking of Byrd, he signed a deal for 2 YRs/$16 MIL – after going .291/.336/.847 – with 24 HRs and 88 RBI. I hope for the Mets fan’s sake, they at least kicked the tires on a deal to bring him back.
Ruben Tejada is perhaps the clubs best contact hitter.
Josh Satin – 56 SO – 196 AB.
Anthony Recker – 49 SO – 135 AB.
Justin Turner – 34 SO – 200 AB.
Eric Young Jr. – 100 SO – 539 AB
I can fully envision this team Striking out more than 1400 times, and bat around .230 as a club. The offense will need career HR highs for every guy on their team in order to compete next season.
The offseason is still young, no pun intended!
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Posted on December 10, 2013, in Free Agency, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2013 free agency, @MLBreports on twitter, anthony recker, chris young, curtis granderson, daniel murphy, david wright, eric young jr., ike davis, james loney, Josh Satin, justin turner, lucas duda, marlon byrd, mets of, new York, new york mets, NL east, ruben tejada, shin-soo choo, travis d' arnaud. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.