Mets Rumors: Curtis Granderson likely off trading block
The Mets have reportedly taken Curtis Granderson off the list of trade candidates for now.
The Mets are looking to make some space in their overcrowded outfield. That’s no secret. They’re also looking to move the somewhat sizable contract of their failed 2016 acquisition, Jay Bruce. That’s also no surprise. The fact that the Mets were shopping a fan favorite, Curtis Granderson, along with Bruce was. Thankfully, it looks after Tuesday that may have changed.
According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, teams around the league think the Mets have tweaked their strategy a bit when it comes to dealing their outfielders. While they’re still shopping Bruce hard, Heyman points out that the impression now is that Granderson has likely moved to the “not available” category in New York’s eyes. Granderson fans will hopefully be able to breathe a little easier tonight.
The possibility of this new direction for the Mets front office makes sense. I’m sure Sandy and his staff preferred to not have to deal Grandy, but it never really hurts to put the idea out there, and see if anyone wants to bite. Ultimately, after talking with Baltimore about one of their star relievers, Brad Brach, in exchange for Curtis, both teams walked away from the table without a deal getting done. When you add to that the rumor that all the Amazin’s would be able to get back from other teams for Granderson or Bruce are minor leaguers, you start to see why things changed.
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This week’s winter meetings have produced a lot of “hot stove” action. The Mets were reportedly receiving calls from all corners of the league about their two outfielders on the trade block. As we already know, many teams have liked Curtis Granderson and preferred him over the younger Bruce. With New York now possibly taking Granderson off the trading block, it definitely makes the push to deal Bruce even more likely. Don’t be surprised if we see something go down in the next couple of days.