The Winter Meetings concluded this morning and the New York Mets departed with a power-hitting outfielder and a bloated 40 year old starting pitcher. The Granderson signing for 4 years for 60 million made sense to me as it killed two birds with one stone, addressing the need for a proven major league outfielder and protection in the lineup for David Wright. Granderson will be 33 early next season and although he had suffered two freak injuries during at bats last season limiting his season substantially, he has been a healthy productive player.
Bartolo Colon the 5′-11″ ace from the Oakland A’s last year was 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and that was enough to convince the previous Madoff-poor Mets to fork over 20 million for a 2 year commitment. In 2012 Colon served a 50 game suspension for testosterone….Maybe, he’s just that much of a man that ellevated numbers showed up? His cholesterol numbers were probably elevated as well, but i guess thats neither here nor there. Anyway, his signing was in hopes they can squeeze at least one good year from him in the abcense of Matt Harvey this season recouping from Tommy John surgery. Maybe he throws 200 innings this year, if he doesnt have a coronary running to first base on sac bunts. He will be 41 next season but facing light hitting number 8 & 9 hitters every 5th day may assist in another solid season.
There is more work to be done. How much gets done for the 2014 season, we dont know. These signings along with Chris Young has atleast shown the fanbase that things are better financially for the organization, with commiting an additional 30.25 million next year alone. They didnt receive much trade interest for Daniel Murphy and are trying to move Ike Davis for another arm. They seem to be cooling on getting Stephen Drew, which I thought they would have commited the Colon money plus another 3 million per season to Drew for 3 years. That would have impressed me. But, maybe theyre not done with surprises.