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While I like Granderson Signing With The Mets, I Hate The Chris Young Deal

Granderson had back to back 40 HR years in 2011 and 2012 with the Yankees - after struggling to hit with the PInstripers his 1st year there in 2010.   Last year was an injury filled year.  This smells of a classic NYM overpay.  I would have liked the move if the club didn't sign Chris Young already.

Granderson had back to back 40 HR years in 2011 and 2012 with the Yankees – after struggling to hit with New York in 2010. Last year was an injury filled campaign for the 32 Year Old from Blue Island, IL. This 4 YRs/$60 MIL deals smells of a classic NYM overpay. I would have liked the move if the club didn’t sign Chris Young already.  Granderson has the ability to walk, has hit for decent home and road splits in his career, despite the thought of him being Yankee Stadium ‘centric’.  The Mets hav to hope the 10 Year Veteran can hit close to his Career 3 Slash Line of  .261/.340/.828.

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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

Choo had a great year in Cincinnati during the 2013 year .285/.423/.885, was 20 HR/20 SB guy and scored 107 Runs.  On a team that has a multitude of Strikeout artists on the offense, it would stand to reason, they could use some of Choo's walks to equal out the balance.  Are you telling me that Choo wouldn't have accepted a deal comparable to $22.25 MIL a year?  That is the dollar combined for Chris Young and Granderson.

Choo had a great year in Cincinnati during the 2013 year .285/.423/.885, was 20 HR/20 SB guy and scored 107 Runs. On a team that has a multitude of Strikeout artists on the offense, it would stand to reason, they could use some of Choo’s walks to equal out the balance. Are you telling me that Choo wouldn’t have accepted a deal comparable to $22.25 MIL a year? That is the dollar combined for Chris Young and Granderson.

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.

Chris Young hit for a 3 Slash Line of .200/.280/.659 - with 12 HRs and 40 RBI in 335 AB.  This is a bad deal given for a guy that is not that much better than Ike Davis .206/.326/.661 with 9 HRs and 33 RBI - but at substantially more money for.  The Mets are talking about selling low on Davis, and then moving Lucas Duda to 1st - in order to free up an OF spot for Chris Young.

Chris Young hit for a 3 Slash Line of .200/.280/.659 – with 12 HRs and 40 RBI in 335 AB. This is a bad deal given for a guy that is not that much better than Ike Davis .206/.326/.661 with 9 HRs and 33 RBI – but at substantially more money for the 2013 campaign. The Mets are talking about selling low on Davis, and then moving Lucas Duda to 1st – in order to free up an OF spot for Chris Young.  The Mets would be better off with the Lagares/Young sticking CF, putting Granderson at LF – and using Duda in RF.  We shall see what they ultimately decide to do.  James Loney would be a perfect 1B for this club if they do trade Davis, as he hits for a high Average, and doesn’t fan at the same clip the rest of the 2014 Mets do.

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!

The Mets went into the 2013 with one of the weakest arsenals of all time heading into a campaign.  If it weren't for a career year by Marlon Byrd, it would have ranked among the most abysmal squads of all time.  2014 won't be as bad as that, but it will still be not becoming of a contender!

The Mets went into the 2013 with one of the weakest arsenals of all time heading into a campaign. If it weren’t for a career year by Marlon Byrd, it would have ranked among the most abysmal squads of all time. 2014 won’t be as bad as that, but it will still be not becoming of a contender!

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