A pair of 30-somethings recently inked new deals, and their new parks offer divergent opinions on their upside for hitting home runs.
Justin Morneau, 1B, Colorado Rockies
Oh, look, Coors Field! Finally, a hitter-friendly environment: His pull-defined pop will jump another level. Oh, wait, he's likely platooning with Wilin Rosario. Off the top, he'll see fewer at-bats.
Morneau power won't morn MIN days
In deep-mixed leagues with CI spots, Morneau could serve similarly excellent handedness assignment duty as he would with his new club. And perhaps if the 32-year-old (33 in May) shows some recovery against southpaws, he'll chip away at that roadblock, as well. Jordan Pacheco, the presumed lineup replacement, has mashed left-handers in his career but didn't last year.
Many may overvalue his new park and neglect his role, but for a CI's price, it's not a horrible chance to take, especially now that he's coming off two near-full campaigns. Someone like Mark Teixeira has a higher ceiling, however, if he stays healthy.
Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Mets
Citi Field's right-center cavern is going to shake up his total -- not in a tasty, Shake Shack type of way. The park has been much kinder in power numbers to righty sticks than lefties.
In his years with the New York Yankees, Granderson clubbed just two opposite-field outta-heres. Granted, this column usually makes up a small power percentage for most sluggers, but he showed little inclination to try going the other way. He'll have to break out of that same-field funk to maximize his returns in Queens.
There's plenty of downside with his ambience and own physique. Of course, Grandy, who turns 33 in March, could regain some strength after his forearm and hand injuries that held him back in 2013, and if he sinks far enough down draft boards, he's a capable OF3 or 4 in a mixer.
Stay tuned for more Hot Stove analysis in the coming weeks.
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