UPDATE, 5:26 PM:
Mike Puma of the New York Post just tweeted the following:
Met believe they have a “decent” chance of landing Granderson. But they have held firm at three years, and Granderson wants four.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) December 5, 2013
This is sure to send people into a frenzy, but most of the reports from earlier (from Andy Martino and Adam Rubin to name a few) say that the Mets are likely to include the fourth year for Granderson if that’s what it takes to get a deal done.
UPDATE, 9:53 AM:
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York just posted a quick update:
The New York Mets remain engaged with Curtis Granderson’s representatives, trying to close out a deal with the free-agent outfielder.
“We are still in the process so I can’t say we are close or far at this point,” a source familiar with the negotiations indicated Thursday morning.
UPDATE, 9:50 AM:
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports just tweeted the following:
Sources: #Mets continue to negotiate with Granderson. Other clubs talking to him as well. Level of those conversations unclear.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2013
There could be other teams talking to Granderson, or this could be a rumor that’s been planted in an attempt to force the Mets to increase their bid.
According to multiple reports, the Mets and Curtis Granderson continue to engage in discussions, and there’s optimism that a deal (likely for four years) will be reached.
There have been some whispers that an outside team may jump in, and the Orioles, Red Sox, Mariners, and White Sox have all been mentioned as potential suitors that could be lying in the weeds.
This morning, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the White Sox are not strongly interested in Granderson, and that Seattle isn’t targeting Granderson – they’re instead prioritizing Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo, and Nelson Cruz.
That would seem to leave Boston as the only other suitor for Granderson, but Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe indicated yesterday on the MLB Network that the Red Sox are not involved with Granderson at the moment.
This morning in the New York Daily News, Andy Martino painted this picture of the negotiations between Granderson and the Mets:
Money aside, the team has determined that Granderson is a fit, and is working to sign him. If the deal is completed, it will create several options for the front office, as it moves forward in the offseason.
At this point, it seems that the Mets are the only team that’s involved in intense negotiations with Granderson. Because of that fact, there’s no reason for them to bid against themselves.
At the same time, if Granderson really is their guy, the Mets should do what they can to lock this up as soon as possible without overbidding. If this stretches into the Winter Meetings (which begin Sunday), things could get tricky.
If the Mets lock in Granderson, their 2014 outfield would likely be set with Granderson, Juan Lagares, and Chris Young. At that point, the Mets would be able to focus on improving other areas of the roster.