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Birth Date3-16-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age36 years, 11 months, 3 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.82014
5.52015
3.82016
2.02017
1.02018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 DET 23 9 28 25 2 6 1 1 0 9 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .321 .360 .227 -0.1 1.0 0.1
2005 DET 24 47 174 162 18 44 6 3 8 80 10 43 0 0 2 20 1 1 .272 .314 .494 .274 6.6 4.8 1.2
2006 DET 25 159 679 596 90 155 31 9 19 261 66 174 4 6 7 68 8 5 .260 .335 .438 .257 24.2 9.7 3.3
2007 DET 26 158 676 612 122 185 38 23 23 338 52 141 5 2 5 74 26 1 .302 .361 .552 .303 56.1 14.0 6.9
2008 DET 27 141 629 553 112 155 26 13 22 273 71 111 3 1 1 66 12 4 .280 .365 .494 .296 50.2 0.5 5.1
2009 DET 28 160 710 631 91 157 23 8 30 286 72 141 2 2 3 71 20 6 .249 .327 .453 .267 30.2 -5.0 2.5
2010 NYA 29 136 528 466 76 115 17 7 24 218 53 116 2 3 4 67 12 2 .247 .324 .468 .271 25.0 1.6 2.8
2011 NYA 30 156 691 583 136 153 26 10 41 322 85 169 12 7 4 119 25 10 .262 .364 .552 .308 57.6 -10.7 5.0
2012 NYA 31 160 684 596 102 138 18 4 43 293 75 195 5 7 1 106 10 3 .232 .319 .492 .287 40.9 -14.7 2.8
2013 NYA 32 61 245 214 31 49 13 2 7 87 27 69 1 1 2 15 8 2 .229 .317 .407 .264 6.4 0.2 0.7
2014 NYN 33 155 654 564 73 128 27 2 20 219 79 141 6 5 66 8 2 .227 .326 .388 .275 19.6 -3.4 1.8
2015 NYN 34 157 682 580 98 150 33 2 26 265 91 151 7 4 0 70 11 6 .259 .364 .457 .314 49.2 2.0 5.5
2016 NYN 35 150 633 545 88 129 24 5 30 253 74 130 9 5 0 59 4 2 .237 .335 .464 .296 37.7 -0.9 3.8
2017 LAN 36 36 132 112 16 18 2 0 7 41 18 33 2 0 0 12 2 0 .161 .288 .366 .258 2.9 -3.1 -0.0
2017 NYN 36 111 395 337 58 77 22 3 19 162 53 90 2 3 0 52 4 2 .228 .334 .481 .294 26.4 -6.6 2.0
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2002 ONE A- 52 240 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .402 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LAK A+ 127 545 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB 9 28 .227 .259 .329 .418 .257 .353 102 -1 0.8 0.1 1.0 0.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1
2004 ERI AA 123 553 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 DET MLB 47 174 .274 .263 .321 .419 .258 .324 100 2.5 5.0 0.2 4.8 -1.2 6.6 1.2 6.6 1.2
2005 TOL AAA 111 503 .266 .274 .336 .433 .254 .376 103 3.2 13.5 0.8 17.2 5.9 23.4 3.9 23.4 3.9
2006 DET MLB 159 679 .257 .274 .337 .437 .258 .333 107 -2.1 20.5 1.8 9.7 4.0 24.2 3.3 24.2 3.3
2007 DET MLB 158 676 .303 .271 .331 .423 .261 .360 103 32.4 20.1 1.8 14.0 1.9 56.1 6.9 56.1 6.9
2008 DET MLB 141 629 .296 .266 .331 .418 .261 .316 104 24.1 18.2 1.6 0.5 6.3 50.2 5.1 50.2 5.1
2008 WMI A 3 12 .441 .279 .342 .396 .275 .444 83 2.3 0.3 0 -0.2 -0.1 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2008 TOL AAA 2 9 .294 .259 .337 .399 .266 .375 86 0.4 0.3 0 -0.5 -0.2 0.5 -0.0 0.5 -0.0
2009 DET MLB 160 710 .267 .266 .332 .425 .260 .275 104 4.9 20.4 1.9 -5.0 2.9 30.2 2.5 30.2 2.5
2010 NYA MLB 136 528 .271 .261 .327 .414 .260 .277 114 6 14.6 1.3 1.6 3.2 25.0 2.8 25.0 2.8
2010 SWB AAA 5 18 .214 .258 .322 .391 .243 .286 94 -1 0.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2011 NYA MLB 156 691 .308 .257 .321 .409 .261 .295 106 32.5 18.6 1.6 -10.7 4.8 57.6 5.0 57.6 5.0
2012 NYA MLB 160 684 .287 .251 .316 .400 .257 .260 102 18.3 18.7 1.6 -14.7 2.3 40.9 2.8 40.9 2.8
2013 NYA MLB 61 245 .264 .248 .311 .395 .260 .302 101 0.9 6.4 -1.5 0.2 0.6 6.4 0.7 6.4 0.7
2013 TAM A+ 4 14 .135 .244 .307 .395 .255 .222 96 -1.9 0.4 -0.1 -0.3 -0.3 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2013 TRN AA 2 9 .448 .225 .296 .373 .248 .400 90 1.7 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.0 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2013 SWB AAA 5 21 .339 .266 .360 .389 .269 .467 93 1.8 0.6 -0.2 -0.5 0.4 2.6 0.2 2.6 0.2
2014 NYN MLB 155 654 .275 .251 .311 .380 .261 .265 95 9.2 16.9 -5.5 -3.4 -0.9 19.6 1.8 19.6 1.8
2015 NYN MLB 157 682 .314 .260 .319 .409 .267 .305 90 36.1 18.4 -6.6 2.0 1.3 49.2 5.5 49.2 5.5
2016 NYN MLB 150 633 .296 .254 .321 .413 .267 .254 90 23.2 17.9 -4.7 -0.9 1.3 37.7 3.8 37.7 3.8
2017 LAN MLB 36 132 .258 .248 .316 .408 .258 .153 92 -0.2 3.9 -0.9 -3.1 0.2 2.9 -0.0 2.9 -0.0
2017 NYN MLB 111 395 .294 .254 .324 .427 .268 .251 92 14.3 11.6 -0.9 -6.6 1.5 26.4 2.0 26.4 2.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 ONE A- 240 45 73 15 4 3 34 20 35 9 2 .344 .418 .495 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LAK A+ 545 71 136 29 10 11 51 49 91 10 7 .286 .363 .458 .172 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB 28 2 6 1 1 0 0 3 8 0 0 .240 .321 .360 .120 .227 -0.1 1.0 0.1
2004 ERI AA 553 89 139 19 8 21 94 80 95 14 8 .301 .406 .513 .212 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 DET MLB 174 18 44 6 3 8 20 10 43 1 1 .272 .314 .494 .222 .274 6.6 4.8 1.2
2005 TOL AAA 503 79 129 29 13 15 65 48 129 22 6 .290 .361 .515 .225 .266 23.4 17.2 3.9
2006 DET MLB 679 90 155 31 9 19 68 66 174 8 5 .260 .335 .438 .178 .257 24.2 9.7 3.3
2007 DET MLB 676 122 185 38 23 23 74 52 141 26 1 .302 .361 .552 .250 .303 56.1 14.0 6.9
2008 DET MLB 629 112 155 26 13 22 66 71 111 12 4 .280 .365 .494 .213 .296 50.2 0.5 5.1
2008 WMI A 12 1 4 0 2 0 1 1 2 0 0 .364 .417 .727 .364 .441 2.5 -0.2 0.2
2008 TOL AAA 9 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .444 .111 .294 0.5 -0.5 -0.0
2009 DET MLB 710 91 157 23 8 30 71 72 141 20 6 .249 .327 .453 .204 .267 30.2 -5.0 2.5
2010 NYA MLB 528 76 115 17 7 24 67 53 116 12 2 .247 .324 .468 .221 .271 25.0 1.6 2.8
2010 SWB AAA 18 0 4 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 .250 .333 .250 .000 .214 -0.6 -0.1 -0.1
2011 NYA MLB 691 136 153 26 10 41 119 85 169 25 10 .262 .364 .552 .290 .308 57.6 -10.7 5.0
2012 NYA MLB 684 102 138 18 4 43 106 75 195 10 3 .232 .319 .492 .260 .287 40.9 -14.7 2.8
2013 SWB AAA 21 2 8 0 0 1 3 1 4 0 0 .400 .429 .550 .150 .339 2.6 -0.5 0.2
2013 TAM A+ 14 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .154 .214 .154 .000 .135 -1.9 -0.3 -0.2
2013 NYA MLB 245 31 49 13 2 7 15 27 69 8 2 .229 .317 .407 .178 .264 6.4 0.2 0.7
2013 TRN AA 9 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 .333 .556 .667 .333 .448 1.8 -0.1 0.2
2014 NYN MLB 654 73 128 27 2 20 66 79 141 8 2 .227 .326 .388 .161 .275 19.6 -3.4 1.8
2015 NYN MLB 682 98 150 33 2 26 70 91 151 11 6 .259 .364 .457 .198 .314 49.2 2.0 5.5
2016 NYN MLB 633 88 129 24 5 30 59 74 130 4 2 .237 .335 .464 .228 .296 37.7 -0.9 3.8
2017 LAN MLB 132 16 18 2 0 7 12 18 33 2 0 .161 .288 .366 .205 .258 2.9 -3.1 -0.0
2017 NYN MLB 395 58 77 22 3 19 52 53 90 4 2 .228 .334 .481 .252 .294 26.4 -6.6 2.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2584 0.4899 0.3905 0.7800 0.5616 0.2261 0.8889 0.5201 0.2200 1270 0.007010
2009 2776 0.5072 0.4182 0.8019 0.5994 0.2317 0.8815 0.5899 0.1981 1319 -0.001669
2010 2154 0.4810 0.4155 0.7810 0.6004 0.2442 0.8633 0.5934 0.2190 1042 -0.001701
2011 3063 0.4731 0.4035 0.7621 0.5618 0.2615 0.8575 0.5782 0.2379 1497 0.000301
2012 2908 0.4474 0.4226 0.6998 0.5849 0.2912 0.8003 0.5363 0.3002 1345 -0.001868
2013 973 0.4820 0.4430 0.6497 0.5906 0.3056 0.7437 0.4805 0.3503 423 -0.001987
2014 2688 0.4721 0.4189 0.7451 0.5918 0.2643 0.8282 0.5787 0.2549 1239 -0.000638
2015 2953 0.4880 0.3766 0.7923 0.5274 0.2328 0.8684 0.6278 0.2077 1564 -0.001911
2016 2663 0.4709 0.3661 0.7795 0.5175 0.2314 0.8505 0.6380 0.2205 0 0.000000
2017 2284 0.4921 0.3813 0.8037 0.5311 0.2362 0.8827 0.6314 0.1963 0 0.000000
Career250460.47980.40110.76580.56470.24960.85250.58330.23421039.8773-0.0002

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-22 2014-07-24 DTD 2 2 - Illness -
2014-06-13 2014-06-14 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Soreness Calf -
2014-04-15 2014-04-15 On-Alr 0 0 - Knee Contusion Running Into Wall - -
2014-04-15 2014-04-17 DTD 2 2 - Trunk Contusion Ribcage Running Into Wall - -
2013-05-25 2013-08-02 60-DL 69 60 Left Hand Surgery 5th Metacarpal Fracture From HBP 2013-05-29 -
2013-03-22 2013-05-14 15-DL 53 38 Right Forearm Recovery From Fracture HBP - -
2013-02-25 2013-03-22 Camp 25 0 Right Forearm Fracture HBP - -
2012-09-02 2012-09-03 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Inflammation Hamstring - -
2012-04-08 2012-04-08 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Calf Foul Ball - -
2012-03-26 2012-03-29 Camp 3 0 Right Elbow Inflammation - -
2011-03-21 2011-03-31 Camp 10 0 Abdomen Strain Internal Oblique -
2010-05-02 2010-05-28 15-DL 26 24 Left Groin Strain Moderate -
2008-03-23 2008-04-23 15-DL 31 21 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 TOR $5,000,000
2017 NYN $15,000,000
2016 NYN $16,000,000
2015 NYN $16,000,000
2014 NYN $13,000,000
2013 NYA $15,000,000
2012 NYA $10,000,000
2011 NYA $8,250,000
2010 NYA $5,500,000
2009 DET $3,500,000
2008 DET $1,000,000
2007 DET $410,000
2006 DET $335,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$103,995,000
2018Current$5,000,000
13 yrPvs + Cur$108,995,000
13 yrTotal$108,995,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 77 dMatt Brown1 year/$5M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$5M (2018). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 1/18. Performance bonuses: $0.125M for 450 plate appearances. $0.25M each for 500, 550 PA. $0.375M for 600 PA. $0.5M for 650 PA.
  • 4 years/$60M (2014-17). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 12/13. 14:$13M, 15:$16M, 16:$16M, 17:$15M. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from NY Mets 8/19/17 with $3,606,557 remaining on contract.
  • 5 years/$30.25M (2008-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with Detroit 2/4/08. 08:$1M, 09:$3.5M, 10:$5.5M, 11:$8.25M, 12:$10M, 13:$13M club option $2M buyout. Option may increase to $15M based on awards. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Detroit 12/9/09. NY Yankees exercised $15M option for 2013 10/29/12.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2007). Re-signed by Detroit 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2006). Re-signed by Detroit 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased 9/04. Re-signed 1/05.
  • Drafted by Detroit 2002 (3-80) (Illinois-Chicago). $0.469M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .220 .299 .396 .257
11 vs R (Multi) .249 .355 .474 .310
18 Split (Multi) .030 .056 .078 .053
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .226 .298 .425 .266
31 vs R (2016) .241 .347 .479 .306
38 Split (2016) .015 .049 .054 .041
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Sad that all-around good guy Curtis Granderson won't be in the Series. Assume that we'll see Brandon McCarthy only if a game's out of hand or deep into extra innings?
(Here Kitty Kitty from Youper)
Yes, Granderson is a truly class act. Joe Sheehan's newsletter today had a great line that sums it up: "McCarthy made just 16 starts this year around shoulder and knee injuries. Hes on the roster to pitch in noncompetitive situations, or in innings that end in 'teen.'" (World Series Chat)
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do any of you have a rooting interest in the Series?
(Jimmie from Mount Holly)
I grew up a Mets fan, and my grandfather passed on his interest in his hometown Rays to me so ... nah, not really. I kind of want to see some of the players on each team grab a ring (Carlos Beltran, Clayton Kershaw, Curtis Granderson). As far as I'm concerned, I'm just rooting for awesome baseball. (World Series Chat)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Gordon, Curtis Granderson, Jose Bautista, Joe Mauer, and Hunter Pence. For each one of this bunch of over 30, under performing veterans, please identify which "illness" they suffer from A) undisclosed nagging injury, B) small sample size, or C) stick a fork in him, he's done.
(Paul from DC)
Ooh, good one.

A - Pence. He's sort of been hurt as a matter of course.
B - Gordon. He's hitting EVERYTHING on the ground, that sounds like a mechanical issue. K rate, walk rate, plate discipline all seem OK
Mauer. Too many thins just look weird for him now. Ridiculously high contact rate, ridiculously low K rate and (for him) a really low walk rate. It's like an Ichiro starter kit, and that's not really what he is. He strikes me as a good candidate for regression to the mean, though the mean for him at this point is probably a league-average bat at best.
C - Bautista. Contact rate has fallen off a table. He murdered fastballs when he was good. That's turned around. Has he become a guy who can't catch up with heat anymore?
B or C - Granderson. I'm not sure. B because he was awful in April 2014 (.468 OPS) so we've seen this before. C because he's just not hitting the ball hard; a 17% infield fly rate isn't good for a guy who hits 57% of his balls in the air. I'm just not sure. (Rob Mains)
2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Curtis Granderson is off to a terrible start and may lose PT when Cespedes returns. Is he droppable for Aaron Altherr?
(Tommy from NJ)
I think so. I still sorta believe in Altherr. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-01 19:00:00 (link to chat)What can the Indians do to improve their production in CF? I'm not a believer in Naquin and Zimmer is going to need more time. Any trade candidates that make sense?
(username49 from Ohio)
Signing Dexter Fowler would be the best move, but I don't see Cleveland investing $15-16MM AAV on him. Trade candidates look bad too, unless you believe the 36-year-old Curtis Granderson is an answer (he isn't). Best bet is to suck along with Naquin for half a season and hope Zimmer is ready mid-year. (Mike Gianella)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jarrett--- big fan of the podcast. Can you rank Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce and Juan Lagares in terms of trade value? Also, can you give me an idea of what each could fetch in a trade, in Mets prospect terms (so I can better understand)? For example, maybe Jay Bruce gets you a Merandy Gonzalez type prospect, idk.
(Ruby from NYC)
Granderson: maybe on the high end someone like Gavin Cecchini? I definitely think a Molina or Merandy kind of arm would be out there
Bruce: pretty much the same
Lagares: someone like Harol Gonzalez, and a lot of salary relief (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts how the Met's Outfield shakes out. No center fielder and it seems like Conforto mainly to the bench. Doesn't make a lot of sense, does it?
(Rick from Chicago)
Likely going to be Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, and Yoenis Cespedes with Granderson in center. I suspect Michael Conforto cycles in to give all three rest from time to time. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but the Mets haven't cared about defensive metrics - at least not the public ones that we all see - for the last two years. (Mike Gianella)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who is Ryan Rua? Worth having in a deep mixed league format? CBS gives him a good projection.
(SJLedet from Metry)
He's a fringey power hitter who might just hit enough to let the power play up. He's worth owning but beware of the CBS blurb; it caused our own Ben Carsley to draft Curtis Granderson in TDGX last year. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Fanstays question (wouldn't happen) A trade where the mets send Noah Syndergaard to the Dodgers for Kemp and some salary relief (say around 2-3 million off each year) is that possible.. Or mets would have to add another propsect/ ask for less salary relief. This more so helps see where Syndergaards value is at and how far (if so) Kemps value has fallen.
(MetsFaithful5 from Syracuse )
Hi Mets:

With Curtis Granderson in the fold, I don't see it happening. Matt Kemp is intriguing but also very risky and while the Mets have opened their purse strings somewhat this winter, I don't see them making this big of a splash financially. Noah Syndergaard is also their best prospect and they're probably not going to trade him straight up for an outfielder coming off of a big injury year. The entire scenario seems unlikely. While the Mets might not be as adamant as the Mariners have been about not moving Taijuan Walker, the price for Syndergaard is still likely to be very high. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Fantasy question: What will be the role of NL Stolen Base leader EY Jr be for the Mets in 2014-15? Thanks.
(J.R. from Brooklyn, NY)
Hi J.R.

As of right now, Eric Young Jr. looks like a bench player. There are rumors that the Mets might try to move Daniel Murphy and slot Young in at second base, but if that doesn't happen the outfield looks set with juan Lagares, Chris Young, Curtis Granderson. It's possible that Eric Young spells Chris Young against some righties, but EYJ's numbers against righties aren't particularly favorable and there isn't a great advantage to starting him over Chris Young. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know if this is something you are good at, but do you think it's more likely that Granderson is the one from the tigers ( 23+ Homeruns- 25 plus doubles and 15ish triples and s old 250ish average/ 340 OBP) or the Yankees? I hope it's the tigers with a few more homeruns (30 WITH the 25 plus doubles and 15 triples) then he'd be a top player with his defense factored in.
(MetsFaithful5 from Syracuse )
Hey again, Mets faithful.

It's hard to tell because of the injuries and the fact that he's downgrading in terms of the parks. It's also complicated because Kevin Long tinkered with Curtis Granderson's swing and made him into a hitter who was able to completely take advantage of that short porch at Yankee Stadium. Granderson will probably need to adjust so that he doesn't simply fly out repeatedly at Citi Field. If I had to guess, I'd say Granderson is probably going to be a 20-25 HR guy with a .240 or .250 batting average. I don't see the triples or the steals returning, since guys in their 30s generally don't suddenly see a big burst of speed as they continue to age. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Granderson hit 35 HR after missing a month+ ?
(Lenny from Yankee Stadium)
Hey Lenny, good question. My first instinct was to laugh, but then I checked the numbers. Curtis Granderson hit 34 homers after April in 2011 and 35 after April in 2012. So I'll say doubtful but a lot less so than I would have guessed. (Geoff Young)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the reality that Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano are Free Agents in the next calendar year, why don't the Yankees considering dealing Grandy and/or prospects for Justin Upton? They may be afraid of the 189 MIL tax threshold, but its very questionable that they don't have any interest or inclination of acquiring Justin Upton to fill Swisher's role.
(jlarsen from chicago)
I'm sure the Yankees have some interest in acquiring Upton. I don't think Arizona would be that interested in Granderson in an Upton package, though, and I'm not sure the Yankees have the prospects. Maybe Gardner plus all their prospects. And yeah, Upton actually makes money beyond 2013, which makes Hal Steinbrenner scared. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Yankees' self-imposed budgetary austerity, by their own standards, survives the trading deadline?
(Blake from SF)
The austerity has to do with getting to $189 million for 2014 - they're not going to do much in the way of long-term deals besides extending Robinson Cano and perhaps Curtis Granderson before then. They have plenty of resources to take on big salaries for the remainder of the season if needs arise, though it's tough to envision exactly what that would entail right now.

Lighting round. Three more. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-03-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin, First off - thank you for attending the BP Book Tour in Chicago several weeks ago. I stopped by for a few hours and picked up some very interesting information. I appreciate you taking the time to interact with readers. My question is about Brett Jackson. I have not had a chance to watch him at all and am curious as to his MLB floor/ceiling. I've read that he strikes out too much, is a great athlete, and BP has made comparisons to a young Curtis Granderson. Cubs manager Dale Sveum has stated Jackson is major league ready. Rumors have recently been floating around that Marlon Byrd is on the trade block and Jackson will get a quick call-up. Is Jackson someone worth getting excited over? I have optimistic visions of 80R, 20HR, 80 RBI, 20 SB, .260/.350/.450 seasons in the future. From your observations and analysis, what should Cubs fans expect in the years to come? Thank you!
(Nick D from Chicago, IL)
I think that's a perfectly reasonable ceiling for Jackson, but I don't think he's ready. He still needs to work on his contact issues. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-11-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)How would you compare younger centerfielders with an injury history (specifically Adam Jones and Desmond Jennings) with an older dude who seems to be over his injury pattern (Curtis Granderson) - in terms of future likeliness of injury?
(hotstatrat from downtown Toronto)
I'd have to do some research on that before my answer would be anything better than-as Tom Tango likes to say-summary opinion without evidence. Maybe that's something Corey and I can look into at some point. Obviously, it depends on the kind of injury history we're talking about-I'd be less worried about "freak" occurrences (even if those aren't entirely attributable to chance) than I would some sort of chronic problem. Incidentally, R.J. wrote an article about Jennings and found that his reputation for fragility is probably a bit overblown (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)This season's 1st round by ADP: Pujols, Hanley, Miggy, Longoria, Tulo, CarGo, Votto, Wright, AGon, Cano, Teixeira, and Braun. Who falls out next season? Who are candidates to enter the 1st round?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
I'm surprised Matt Kemp didn't make that list this year, and he'll definitely be on it next year. I think we also see Jose Bautista join the ranks as people finally buy into him. Jacoby Ellsbury seems fairly likely, and you might be able to make a case for Curtis Granderson. I think the best bets to fall out to make room include Wright, Teixeira, Longoria, and maybe a CarGo or Hanley. (Derek Carty)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)How did Curtis Granderson hit lefties so well this year? Fluke, or did he finally "figure it out" given enough PAs against them?
(Aaron from NYC)
While I don't expect him to keep hitting .275/.353/.615 against lefties, his results aren't a fluke. Granderson dedicated himself to tackling his lefty problem by reworking his swing late last year with the help of Kevin Long, and the results against pitchers of both hands have been convincing. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Both the YES and ESPN announcers pointed out during last night's broadcast that Jeter has had trouble implementing Kevin Long's mechanical changes, going back to his old stride in batting practice and generally looking caught in-between during games. Curtis Granderson took 3 days to implement Long's changes last year and came back raking. A difference in age and accumulated muscle memory, or ego?
(Cult of Basebaal from Los Angeles Anaheim of Pasadena)
Can I go with "C" all of the above? Jeter has a long record of experiencing great success doing it his way, and I'm sure that's hard to let go of. At the same time, he doesn't have the skills he used to, and has had trouble recognizing that. His work with Long would seem to indicate that he finally saw the writing on the wall in terms of his declining hand speed, but recidivism isn't surprising. (Steven Goldman)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andruw Jones on the Yankees short list??? Really? On a separate note, can Gardner finally buy a house (i.e. by signing a long-term deal)?
(dianagramr from NYC)
And by Diana, I meant Diane, of course. Darn my pudgy fingers.

I don't think Jones is a bad idea at all. It's just a Marcus Thames who can play defense. That's not a bad thing, especially if you are skeptical about Curtis Granderson being reborn as a non-platoon guy. As for Gardner, he was quite valuable last year, up to, and perhaps past the point he got hurt. We need to see him do what he can do over a full season, but maybe he's also a guy who needs to be protected from his own fragility. He's also not so productive that you wouldn't mind seeing him skip a few PAs against lefties. (Steven Goldman)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)So is there any hope for BJ this season? Does he have a big month or two in him?
(Who's the Bossman? from Justin's Mansion)
Answering this for Rob in Alaska as well (is that you, Dr. Joel?)

Me and the Bossman, we have a history -- he's my starting Strat center-fielder, along with Curtis Granderson, and they've both deteriorated into platoon players, which really makes me cringe just to type. Does he have a big month in him? Sure -- the talent has always been there. It's just getting the big month OUT of him that's the problem, except during the playoffs when his stats won't help me. Honestly, I still think he'll become a solid hitter -- just not the superstar we all thought. (Ken Funck)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the Yanks regret dealing Austin Jackson? If not this year, then ever?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey, Diana! A lot of it depends upon how well Curtis Granderson takes to New York. Do the contact lenses help? Can he restore his ability against lefties? Can the Yankees keep one of the two playoff spots that will inevitably come out of the AL East? If the answers to those are yes, not just this year but over the next few ones, I suspect they'll sleep OK no matter how Jackson does in Detroit. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Tommy, How close do you think Adam Jones is to becoming the best fantasy CFer in the AL? If he can build on last season, I don't think he's all that far off from Curtis Granderson, or even Grady Sizemore maybe in a year or two.
(Jimmy from NJ)
I think Adam Jones is going to be an absolute fantasy stud in no more than two years. The thing that keeps him from being an A+ centerfielder is that he is limited on the base paths to about 10-15 steals. The home runs should keep growing and could reach 30+. I wouldn't bet against this guy. A healthy Sizemore could reclaim the AL CF title, but Jones will at least make it interesting. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you give a quick snapshot of your thoughts on the near future performances of Curtis Granderson, Austin Jackson, and Johnny Damon? Thanks.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
If there was an offer from the White Sox, Johnny should have taken it, because he had a much better chance of continuing his park-generated power surge in Chicago than at Comerica, which really castrated left-handers last year. Granderson should benefit from making the opposite change of environment, though I don't expect him to be a 40-HR guy suddenly. Let's say consistency plus five to ten percent. Finally, I'm skeptical on Austin, who hasn't yet shown any power and who really slid off in the second half last year. He's interesting, but as we said in the book there's no evidence of his being an impact player right now. (Steven Goldman)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the depth of OF, esp. in CF Heathcott, Duran, Sosa, etc. made A.Jackson expendable? Or was the bigger factor that he wouldn't be ready this year? What is your view of Granderson vs. Jackson?
(jbk from ny)
The fact that the Yankees could get Curtis Granderson made Austin Jackson expendable. Jackson is ready right now, and will likely start for Detroit. I think Granderson is a better overall player, but not by a ton. At the same time, I also think Granderson is the perfect fit for the Yankees. That was a strange trade where I think both the Yankees and Tigers did great -- the D-Backs . . . not so much. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wiser for the Cubs: Short-term deal for Marlon Byrd or trade blue chip prospects for Curtis Granderson?
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
Granderson is a legit starter, Byrd is a fourth outfielder with a power surge in Texas that masked his true abilities, who will cost much more than he merits. Go for Grandy. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)There's alot of noise here about the Cubs trading for Curtis Granderson, but a team can't really play him and fukudome, with their platoon deficits and expect that to be an even average outfield, can they?
(Mike from Chicago)
Sure. It would give the Cubs a true CF for the first time in a while, and you deal with the platoon issues in March when you see how the roster will shake out. You probably platoon one of them and move the other down in the lineup. I don't think the Cubs can get Granderson--lots of teams have need and better prospects--but I wouldn't let this issue stand in the way. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Curtis Granderson hit 30 homers but struggled this season, esp. against lefties. What do you see in his future?
(spf31 from Ill.)
His last three seasons pretty much span his range, and he'll keep flitting among them for the next three. He's a good player, not a star. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Was 2009 just a bad luck year for Curtis Granderson and/or a combo of bad-luck/regression in plate discipline?
(Justin from Chicago)
Some of it was regression, but a good part of the problem was seeing more left-handed pitching this year than in 2008 or 2007, both in terms of a proportion of his playing time and in sheer number of plate appearances. It's really gone beyond the point of argument--Granderson's a platoon player. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Dexter Fowler for this year and his long term potential?
(mgaynor7475 from Cumberland, RI)
I'm on record as loving, just absolutely loving, Fowler. I think he's already a major-league center fielder, a better player than, say, Cameron Maybin is. His power is still coming, and he'll have to manage his contact rate, but he'll hit .270/.340/.410 this year and go from there. I could see him peaking like Curtis Granderson, maybe a bit better. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What makes Bonifacio a better lead-off hitter than Maybin? How long will this horrible idea last?
(jake29 from Corning)
They care less if he fails. There's a notion that batting leadoff puts too much pressure on a young player. I still think Hermida is a nice solution there, and at that, I don't think Maybin is a leadoff hitter. He's more Vernon Wells or Curtis Granderson. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will the real Curtis Granderson please stand up? 2006, 2007 or 2008 versions?
(Geoff from Ashburn, VA)
2006 and 2008 are basically the same, just some singles falling in. '07 was the peak. He is the '06/'08 player. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here's a fantasy question for you if you're interested. I'd much appreciate it. Someone in my league just traded Ryan Howard, Justin Verlander, Josh Beckett, Curtis Granderson and Manny Ramirez for Cliff Lee, Ervin Santana, Carlos Gomez, Torii Hunter, Erik Bedard and Garrett Atkins. A lot of people are screaming veto, and I have to agree. The trade doesn't have any 'needs-based' or 'long-term' mitigating factors, either. As an important aside, the team getting the first set of players is in third while the other guy is near the bottom. Would you exercise a veto on this deal? Thanks!
(havens from bristol, CT)
Are we assuming good faith in this deal? Often a league has someone in it who is the Randy Smith of fantasy GMs and just gets suckered by everybody. I think that guy is fair game -- if he wears diapers, he shouldn't have been allowed in the league in the first place. I'm not for exercising the veto except in really apparent cases of dumping... You know, there was a parallel case in actual baseball, where for awhile Bowie Kuhn was negating trades just because he didn't like the players involved. He was actually sitting there and passing judgment on what the GMs were doing. Imagine if Bud Selig came in and said "Mets, you're overpaying for Johan Santana. No deal." That kind of thing was happening, and the more obvious opposite case as well, where he would have said, "Twins, Carlos Gomez isn't good enough. You need to hold out for a better position player or no deal." Like much of Kuhn's reign it was pathetic and unintentionally comical. (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which outfielder has the most upside, Curtis Granderson or Chris B. Young. Thanks!!
(Mike from Upstate NY)
As good as Granderson is, and he's great, he really needs to be platooned and I don't think that's going to change. Young is, ahem, younger, and maybe won't have that handicap. He might not have the walks either, but time will tell. (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on the Curtis Granderson deal? 5 years, 30.25 million with a 6th year team option. Not bad for one of the top 4 CF in the league. Buys out his arby years plus 1-2 FA years.
(Ben from Ohio)
I need to wrap up, as my daughter is now home from school. I'll close with this question, as Granderson might be my favorite player in the game.

Granderson is worth every penny of that. When you look at the money being thrown around to far inferior players, it's a no-brainer.

Thanks for stopping by to chat. Sorry for the questions I didn't get to, and sorry for the little side trips to Russian literature and music. (David Laurila)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneIt's like pitchability. I know it when I see it. You have to establish whether there's a performance gap--hell, MGL will tell you the platoon difference can't be determined because you don't get enough ABs--and then take into account everything else the player does. If Howard played first base like Adrian Gonzalez, then he'd warrant the lineup spot.

But when you know the guy can't hit lefties, and he's a net negative everywhere else...what's the point?

To pull an example...Curtis Granderson (before this year) couldn't hit lefties. But you could drop him in the lineup and he'd be a viable starter that way.

And just since we're kind of in the neighborhood...this is what bugs me. If it was the eighth, it would be Romero facing Pena. But in the ninth, it's Lidge. That's dumb; the inning is a non-factor, but the platoon differentials--or if you prefer, skill sets, are the same.
(Joe Sheehan)
 

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