With the Winter Meetings approaching, the time is now for the Mets to make a big splash. While building through the system is vital to the organization, completely ignoring the Mets present day needs is unacceptable. The Mets cannot stand pat again and let their fans suffer through another painful season. Mets fans are the best fans and baseball, and we deserve better than that.
One free agent who instantly improves the Mets is outfielder Curtis Granderson, and there is a report that Sandy Alderson has met with him. Granderson’s bat adds depth to the lineup, and he gives the Mets the cleanup hitter they desperately need. In two out of the past three seasons, Granderson has crushed over 40 home runs and collected over 100 RBI. He also adds the dimensions of speed and defense. He is a fast runner, and has stolen over 20 bases three times during his career. Defensively, he is regarded as a solid defender in centerfield.
Since Granderson is coming off a down season, he is a tremendous buy low candidate. Granderson did not produce his usual numbers because he suffered two fluke injuries. He was hit by two pitches, which caused him to miss significant time. This has made his price compared to other free agents like Shin Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury significantly less. With all the Mets recent finical issues, an opportunity to land a potential star at a relative discount is a chance the Mets have to pounce on.
While many people will diminish Granderson’s production because he played half his games at Yankee Stadium, I don’t believe this is much of an issue. Granderson doesn’t have to hit 40+ home runs to be an asset to the Mets. Even if you cut out half of his home runs in 2012 and 2011, that total is still higher than any current Met hit last year. Granderson is also a complete player, so his value is not totally dependent on the long ball.
Granderson fills a need and improves the Mets offensively, defensively and on the base paths. While Granderson will not solve all the Mets problems, he is a step in the right direction. To passively wait for 2015 before 2014 even starts is not a viable option. The Mets need to be aggressive and must make an attempt to improve the major league team this offseason.