Mets sign Curtis Granderson to four-year contract
The New York Mets today announced the club has signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year contract. Granderson will be in Orlando, Fla. at Baseball's Winter Meetings for a 12:30 p.m. press conference tomorrow (in the Northern Hemisphere Ballroom A&B at Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort) which will be carried live on SNY and Mets.com.
Granderson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and ranks fifth in the majors with a home run every 15.3 at-bats over the last three seasons. He has scored 100 or more runs four times in his career and hit 20 or more home runs in a season six times.
"We are excited to add Curtis' power to the middle of the lineup," said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. "He is a dynamic offensive player who has had success in New York."
The lefthanded hitter batted .229 (49-214) with seven home runs in 2013 with the Yankees after a fractured right forearm and fractured left pinkie limited him to 61 games. Granderson hit 84 home runs, scored 238 runs and collected 225 RBI from 2011-2012 with the Yankees. From 2008-2012 he compiled 312 extra-base hits to rank fourth in the American League during that span.
The 6-1, 195-pounder has batted .261 (1,157-4,438) with 780 runs scored, 199 doubles, 80 triples, 217 home runs, 606 RBI and 122 stolen bases since making his major league debut in 2004 with the Detroit Tigers. Granderson hit 40 or more home runs in consecutive seasons (41 in 2011 and 43 in 2012). He finished fourth in the American League MVP voting in 2011 after leading the AL in runs (136) and RBI (119).
Granderson hit 108 home runs from 2010-2012, including 47 on the road, ranking sixth in the majors and 61 at home, ranking second in the majors. He has a .274 (876-3,192) career batting average vs. righthanders with a .357 on-base percentage and a .519 slugging percentage.
In 2008, Granderson established the Grand Kids Foundation to focus on improving opportunities for inner-city children in the areas of education and youth baseball. He received the 2009 Marvin Miller Award, as voted by his peers, for his work on and off the field that inspires others to higher levels of achievement. Granderson has represented Major League Baseball as an ambassador during trips to Korea, Japan, Taiwan, South Africa, China and Europe.