On the heels of the Oakland Athletics acquiring every under-the-radar player in the major leagues, the equally frugal New York Mets signed free-agent Curtis Granderson to a risky four-year, $60 million deal. The risk is three-fold: Granderson only accumulated 245 plate appearances in 2013, has already begun to noticeably decline, and owns a career .704 OPS versus left-handed pitching.
Even with his downfalls, however, Granderson stands to be a massive upgrade for the Mets. If not for the resurgence of Marlon Byrd in 2013, the Mets' outfield might not have passed muster in the California Penal League. But jubilation for the Mets actually spending money aside, if the team's offseason focus was to add a two-win player, they should have instead coveted Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock.
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