Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Want Granderson to Turn Back Clock in Center

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Want Granderson to Turn Back Clock in Center

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- When Curtis Granderson shifted to center field last August, the veteran outfielder wondered if the fatigue from playing the position would catch up to him.

"It wasn't a matter of could I do it," said Granderson, who last served as an everyday center fielder in 2012. "It was is this going to change anything, whether it be the fifth or sixth day in a row in center field or the fifth or sixth time coming to bat in that game after going in and out so many different times."

Granderson battled through any fatigue he may have experienced and played well in his limited time in center field, and even posted a positive defensive rating, according to fangraphs.com.

This upcoming season, the demand on Granderson is going to be even greater, as the Mets are planning on using him as their everyday center fielder. Granderson turns 36 next month and is better suited for a corner position, but the team's lack of high- caliber starting options leaves him as the best choice.

Granderson does not envision it will be a problem for him to return to his roots.

"Every year to start the season you have that fatigue that comes in, and then once you get through mid-April things kind of balance itself out," Granderson said of the physical demands. "I don't see it being any different than starting last season in right or starting the year before in center. Going to run through that tough patch, and that's because of how the game is, not because it's center field."

Center field is a physically demanding position for players, but the Mets are using their eldest player because it gives them their best fit among their starters. Yoenis Cespedes prefers left field and believed his quad issues last year were exacerbated by playing in center field, and Jay Bruce's best position is right field.

Juan Lagares is a Gold Glove center fielder, but his offense keeps him from starting. …

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