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Curtis Granderson Moves Across Town to New York Mets

The New York Mets poached Curtis Granderson away from the crosstown Yankees, signing the outfielder to a four-year, $60 million deal.

Curtis Granderson Mets
Curtis Granderson Mets

Aug 26, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees designated hitter Curtis Granderson (14) in the dugout prior to a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets poached Curtis Granderson away from the crosstown Yankees, signing the outfielder to a four-year, $60 million deal pending a physical, according to reports.

Granderson, 32, hit a combined 84 home runs with the Yankees during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but missed the majority of the 2013 season after suffering a broken forearm during spring training and a pinkie injury upon his return to the lineup.

All indications point to Granderson shifting to left field for the Mets, who recently signed Chris Young to man right field and have Juan Lagares in center. The signing of Granderson is the largest free-agent deal under Sandy Alderson’s four-year tenure as general manager.

Granderson is expected to provide some left-handed pop to the Mets’ lineup after sustaining so much success in the Bronx at a power hitter.

Granderson rejected a qualifying offer from the Yankees, meaning the Mets will have to surrender a draft pick and give the Yanks a compensatory first-round selection when the deal is finalized.

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