Mets general manager Sandy Alderson promised fans he would open his checkbook this winter following three consecutive offseasons of light spending.
On Dec. 6, he finally dusted off his checkbook and got started by reaching a four-year, $60 million deal with free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.
As a left-handed power bat, Granderson can be paired with the right-handed-hitting third baseman David Wright in the middle of the Mets lineup.
After consecutive seasons with at least 40 home runs with the New York Yankees, Granderson was limited to 60 games this year after breaking a forearm during spring training and then a finger during the season. He batted .229 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs.
Contract negotiations between the Mets and Granderson reportedly got serious after the Yankees signed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury away from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
The Mets initially offered Granderson a three-year deal but added to it to close the deal.
Granderson is a solid defensive player and likely completes the Mets outfield overhaul, with Chris Young, who recently signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract, and Juan Lagares, entering his second MLB season, penciled in as starters.
The Mets could still use another pitcher and another infielder, but the Granderson signing at least provides fans with something to cheer about this offseason.