The New York Yankees will have a slightly different look this year with new players coming in and bigger names going out.
Robinson Cano, of course, is the big name leaving town signing a 10-year, $240 million contract. Curtis Granderson, a star in his own right, is the other Yankee out the door joining the New York Mets. His $60 million, four-year contract, was finalized on Monday at the Winter Meetings.
Asked what his thoughts were about the process and the Mets involvement;
"Business is business and depending on which way they wanted to go...I'm glad again, the Mets were there constantly, showing the interest. You won't know where you're needed and wanted, and the Mets definitely wanted me, and I'm excited."
Granderson, one of the most highly respected players in the game, will be leaving the Bronx Bombers for a Mets club not likely to contend in the NL East anytime soon.
Injuries plagued Granderson for much of the 2013 season, and his numbers weren't indicative of what he's capable of: .229/.317/.407. In his four years with the Yankees, not including 2013 for obvious reasons, his home run numbers have seen a dramatic spike (24, 41, 43), but his average dropped to a career low in 2012 (.232) and his OBP and SLG dropped a combined 105 points between 2011 and 2012.
Hopefully the injuries haven't taken their toll, and he can return to the form the made the Yankees sign him in the first place. Without the star-studded line-up he was used to in the Bronx, his time presence with Mets could be for naught.