There is a track record that is much better than Curtis Granderson has shown in his first year in Queens throughout which he has become another example of a Mets’ free-agent signee gone wrong.

And, with the Jason Bay fiasco fresh in the New York National League Baseball Team’s collective memory, it’s likely nothing more than a rhetorical question when asking why the Wilpons seem so gun-shy when it comes to doling out dollars over the winter.

The lefty-swinging Granderson, who has been simply dreadful since the All-Star break and only marginally better than that since Opening Day, started in right field for the 21st straight game and 31st time in the last 32 games Thursday night against Atlanta lefty Mike Minor.

There he was again despite carrying a .175 batting average (21-for-120) with a .267 on-base percentage and .258 slugging percentage since July 25, and despite the Mets’ need to know about young outfielders such as Matt den Dekker and Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

And why does anyone — OK, make that everyone — have the sneaking suspicion that the three years at $47 million remaining on Granderson’s four-year, $60 million contract are the more important numbers relating to manager Terry Collins’ lineup card?

Granderson did get one of the Mets’ four hits in the club’s meek 6-1 surrender to the Braves, an infield hit sandwiched between a pair of strikeouts and a routine fly out. It was a defeat that prompted Collins to observe, “We’re going pretty quietly right now. That has to change.”

The Mets seem to have found a first baseman in Lucas Duda and a center fielder for the ages in Juan Lagares. Watching this young man play the field is one of life’s simple pleasures, the way it must have been when the young Willie Mays roamed the Polo Grounds.