What do they do about Curtis Granderson‘s arm?
Curtis Granderson has been great on offense, and his fielding has picked up dramatically, but despite some recovery since his arm was broken by a fastball in spring training back in 2013, he just doesn’t seem to quite have the arm strength to prevent runners from taking extra bases, and is unlikely to throw anyone out at home from deep left. The Mets have cloaked this weakness well with savvy positioning, and Granderson’s legs make up some of the difference, but the problem is still there.
Juan Lagares is set in center, and Michael Conforto had a great rookie year. Conforto has shown enough versatility to thrive in right, which could allow the Mets to slide Granderson over to left field. Granderson has been good on defense in terms of getting to balls and catching them, but his arm is no longer serviceable in right field. On a team minus Cespedes and Murphy’s bats, beefing up the outfield defense is going to be vital on a team that relies heavily on pitching for wins.
It’s been suggested that a move to acquire Justin Upton, who could fill a corner outfield position and help replace the lost bats, but for that to happen, Conforto will either need to be traded, or possibly shifted to yet another position. He is young, and versatile, so this shouldn’t pose an insurmountable problem.
One thing is certain, on an already ailing offense, Granderson has to start. He was arguably the team’s best hitter in 2015, though against left-handed pitchers, he didn’t even do as well as the Met’s pitching staff. The team can’t afford to lose a single offensive weapon.