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Mets: Analyzing trade value and potential returns

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Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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CURTIS GRANDERSON

Even a recent hot streak hasn’t made a difference in the trade value Curtis Granderson possesses. At age 36, he is no longer a base stealing threat. He has averaged a little over six steals per season since joining the Mets in 2013. Granderson has also struggled throughout his career against lefties. He’s hitting .265 against right-handers compared to .225 against southpaws.

Granderson is the consummate professional who continues to play to any strengths he has left. On the plus side, he does still have some pop left in his bat. Granderson’s character and intangibles are admirable, but his trade value is minimal.

His salary is going to be hard enough to move without the Mets agreeing to foot a good portion of that bill. Even if that does happen, the Mets wouldn’t get much back for Granderson who is a pure rental. If he does continue playing, Granderson will get a short-term deal at a much cheaper price in the off-season.

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Overall, the Mets have some core pieces to build around. Despite how bleak this season looks the team has chances to improve their future if they play the cards right. No question, it will be a small step back in the short term but this could all amount to an even bigger gain in the near future.

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