UPDATE – November 11th, 3:46 PM:
According to a tweet from Mike Puma, the Mets have plans to speak with Curtis Granderson‘s agent this week. Granderson, 32, just rejected the Yankees’ qualifying offer.
It’s been reported that the Mets have serious interest in the free agent outfielder.
According to Andy Martino in the Daily News, the Mets are considering making a run at outfielder Curtis Granderson. The 32 year old Granderson is all but certain to turn down the Yankees’ qualifying offer by Monday. Writes Martino:
Two people familiar with the Mets’ thinking said that the team has expressed preliminary interest in Granderson, but that their level of seriousness will depend on how the market develops…but the rhetoric about Granderson around the Mets is different from, say, the tone regarding Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury. The latter players are easy “no thank yous,” seen by the Mets as players seeking irrational contracts. Granderson, by contrast, is on their early list of outfielders to consider.
Granderson missed about two thirds of the 2013 campaign due to two freak injuries that occurred when he was hit by pitches. Other than that, he’s been extremely durable.
Defensively speaking, if the Mets sign him, he would almost certainly be asked to play one of the corner outfield spots – with Juan Lagares in center field.
According to Martino, the Cubs and White Sox have also expressed interest in Granderson.
Most in the industry seem to think that Granderson can be had for a deal that’s three or four years long and worth roughly $15 million per season.
He’ll turn 33 in March, so he’s a bit older than Shin-Soo Choo – another outfielder the Mets are rumored to be targeting. Like Choo, Granderson struggles against left handed pitching. What Granderson lacks in on base ability, though, he makes up for with his power potential. Granderson’s power numbers have certainly been helped by New Yankee Stadium’s incredibly friendly dimensions, but that doesn’t mean he would come to Citi Field and turn into a singles hitter.
If the price for Choo soars over $100 million and Carlos Beltran isn’t open to returning to the Mets (or the team doesn’t pursue him for some reason), Granderson would be a logical choice.