Sandy Alderson is a hero to John Q twitter follower because John Q twitter follower feels any money spent in free agency is coming from HIS pocket. John Q twitter follower is also extremely jealous because of their own situation, maybe he has to work to minimum wage jobs and still cannot get by. He looks at the average salary of a MLB player and cries at night as he holds his pillow.
Lets be honest, John Q twitter follower and Sandy Alderson have one thing in common: neither have any interest in the Mets ever becoming a competitive baseball team. And the issue is not Curtis Granderson. There are better all around baseball players that have the ability to do a lot more to change the fortune of the Mets than Curtis Granderson. The problem is the Mets have chosen to go the mode of not spending money, the mantra of the organization since Sandy Alderson took over as General Manager after the 2010 season.
The sad thing about it is a lot of fans love it. They love the fact that only one player on the team is getting paid in the top five in MLB at his position. They love the thought that ten or more players on the team in 2014 could make the league minimum. It makes them happy because ten or more Mets players could be making exactly what their boss's boss's boss's boss' boss' boss' boss is making a year in salary.
Curtis Granderson would not win the Mets the World Series in 2014, but it would be a start. Even with him, you'd still have to add at least one more power bat to be considered a contending team. Obviously there are a lot of other holes to fill. But stop making like giving the guy a 4 year deal is equal to a 10 year, $225 million contact! He will sign a 4 year contact, whether the Mets want to give him one or not. If they do not, shame on them.
Some fans will be excited to see Sandy hold his ground. Until the day he gets the 4 year deal. And some will still appreciate the fact that he did not back down. So, my message to you is this: Enjoy your OF of Chris Young, Eric Young Jr and Juan Lagares. Carlos Torres will not make a lot of money as your 5th starter. And maybe it is time to start buying your Ruben Tejada jerseys and put the big Lucas Duda in the cleanup spot of the order. I'm sure you jealous crybabies, who happen to be down on life, will enjoy another season of losing baseball. That is what you want, right? God forbid you pay a player market value and what another team will pay. Keep trying to be the hero, Sandy!
Many teams in Major League Baseball have a spot for Granderson. And though John Q twitter follower thinks a 4 year deal is too much, it is market value for a player of his age and his ability. Maybe not market value for you- the cubicle guy who works 9-5 and has his weekends off; but it is market value for a MLB player who can hit for some power, play some OF defense and provide a little depth in the middle of the order. If you do not agree, here are teams that could absolutely take Granderson and give him a guaranteed fourth year:
Texas Rangers: The Rangers may be interested in Shin-Soo Choo and can probably afford a little bit more for another player. Granderson at 4 years, $60 million would be a steal for them and still leave some money in the tank to add a significant starting pitcher.
Detroit Tigers: The Tigers have set their sights on Choo as well. Yes, Choo is the better player, but to get Granderson at a much lower price will provide some flexibility to get a 3B, reliever and maybe even another starting pitcher. He has had success in Detroit and will be welcomed back with open arms.
San Francisco Giants: The Giants have hung a lot of dollars up in the re-signing of their own players. This would keep them from wanting to commit a ton of money in a free agent from another team. The Giants may not want to pony up a lot of dollars on the AAV, but they would at least offer something in the 4 year, $52-55 million range.
Baltimore Orioles: For the same reasons people say Granderson benefitted from the short RF porch at Yankee Stadium, Granderson could the same in Camden Yards. The Orioles have been a little gun shy about the huge contract. The can afford Granderson and still be able to address their needs in starting pitching and get themselves a closer (Joaquin Benoit).
Seattle Mariners: If the negotiations between the team and Robinson Cano go down the tubes, it will be likely the Mariners could afford who outfielders. If they sign Cano, they can add Granderson for a fraction of what they have to pay Choo. Obviously, they save money if they sign Choo instead of Cano. The Mariners want to bring in impact offensive players; to them Granderson would not be overpaid.
Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox would likely climb into the race for Granderson, but not be interested in giving a four year deal. But, if they offer three, is he going to take three years from the defending World Series Champions, or the lovable losers that will have little additional help in the lineup?
Chicago White Sox: The White Sox added Jose Abreu to play 1B. They have a young team and some good pitching. Paying Granderson for four years will not break the bank for them.
Other teams to think about are Toronto, San Diego and even Miami or Houston. A four year contact will not prohibit any team from continuing their development. Would it shock you if Tampa Bay got in the mix? And even if they went three years, he'd be a fool to take the Mets 3 year deal over Tampa's. The only teams that would not be in the mix for Curtis Granderson at his asking price are teams that simply do not want him and have other outfielders. I do not look at him as a star, but his asking price is not excessive. It doesn't matter if your job is in an outlet store, or not.
And lets be honest, signing Granderson to a 4 year deal is not breaking the bank for ANYBODY. Unless you are a cheap, throwback to the 1980s and think other GMs should collude with you to drive down the price of free agency. Which, let's be honest, is not a terrible thought to have. It just looks stupid when you are the only one.