Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Mets Rumors: Mets intensified talks with OF Curtis Granderson, Mets may go four years to get him
After the Yankees landed Ex Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury yesterday, talks between the New York Mets and Curtis Granderson's representatives intensified late Tuesday. The Mets are working to land the free-agent outfielder on a three-year deal.
Granderson, who will turn 33 in March, said that he met Sunday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. That has been described as more of an introductory meeting, talks have escalated quickly since then.
"We ate a nice meal, and it was great to enjoy some salmon," Granderson said.
The Mets may ultimately concede and guarantee a fourth year in order to land Granderson..
Granderson would provide a second power infusion to the Mets' outfield, which desperately needs a power upgrade. The Mets signed former Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract last week. Last season, the Mets ranked 11th in the National League in home runs. They surrendered 22 more long balls than they produced.
Granderson is a natural center fielder. It would appear, should the Mets complete the deal, that Granderson would play left field, with Lagares in center and Chris Young in right. That potentially would free up Eric Young to play second base should the Mets trade Murphy.