The New York Mets made a splash on Friday as free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson signed a four year contract worth $60 million with the Mets.
Granderson struggled with injuries while playing for the Yankees in 2013. Granderson only appeared in 61 games for the Yankees last season as the outfielder spent 100 games on the disabled list as the result of two hit by pitches. In those 61 games with the Yankees last season, Granderson hit .229/.317/.407/.723 with 7 homes runs and 31 RBIs in 245 plate appearances. Beyond that, in 2013, Granderson had a wOBA of .319 and a 97 wRC+. In addition, Granderson’s WAR of 1.4 was the lowest it has been since his rookie season in 2004.
For his career, Granderson has a wOBA of .357 to go along with a 118 wRC+. Odds are that Granderson will return to form with the Mets in 2014 after a down 2013 season.
Granderson, a Chicago native, generated interest from both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox. In fact, when the off-season began, many believed that the White Sox would be the team to sign Granderson.
On Thursday, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein indicated that the team would be in search of a center fielder as all of baseball embarks on Orlando next week for the Winter Meetings.
The Cubs are believed to have had a conversation with Granderson’s representatives in early November. Though, 4 years-$60 million is not the type of splash that the Cubs are trying to make this off-season.