The negotiations between the Mets and Curtis Granderson have been playing out in public ever since news of their meeting broke over five days ago.
Yesterday, it was reported that a deal could potentially be struck at any time, but that Granderson’s camp was asking for four years guaranteed, while the Mets had so far only guaranteed three years.
Today, Mike Puma of the New York Post sheds some more light on the discussions:
With it unclear if there is another team willing to offer the free-agent outfielder three years, never mind four, the Mets were holding steady in negotiations on Thursday.
On the table for Granderson was a three-year contract believed to be worth just north of $45 million with possibly a vesting option for 2017. But the 32-year-old outfielder has sought a four-year guaranteed deal that would bring the total value of the package past $60 million, according to an industry source.
Puma went on to say in his article that there is “no evidence” that another team has even made Granderson an offer.
Until Granderson signs on the dotted line with the Mets, anything can happen.
However, if there are no other offers out there for Granderson right now, it would be foolish for the Mets to give in at this point and guarantee the fourth year.
If the above information is accurate, and the Mets have offered Granderson a three year deal (potentially with a vesting fourth year option) worth in excess of $15 million per season, they’re being more than fair.
If another team comes in and matches the Mets’ three year offer, that would be the time for the Mets to guarantee the fourth year.
Mets fans (including me) want this deal done in the near term. Still, the Mets appear to be playing this properly. If they overplay their hand and lose out on Granderson, there will be a different sentiment, but there’s no indication that any team is ready to step up and guarantee Granderson four years at $60 million.