When the New York Mets added outfielder Chris Young, many were skeptical that the Mets would pursue a top tier free agent. Recent reports of the team's low budget and skyrocketing prices fed that reality. That has not stopped GM Sandy Alderson from looking to improve his roster. While Alderson has been active working the trade market, he did make some time to speak with free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson on Sunday according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Granderson, who rejected his qualifying offer from the New York Yankees a few weeks ago, has seen his market dry up a bit. With team's skeptical of paying huge prices for mid tier free agents like Granderson and Nelson Cruz, their market may be determined by where top outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury end up. Granderson is seeking a minimum three year deal according to the New York Daily News' Andy Martino, who speculates that Granderson could have added value to Alderson because of his walk rate and ability to succeed in the New York market.
Other teams linked to Granderson in the free agent market include the Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, and Chicago White Sox. The White Sox have reportedly cooled on Granderson, so it remains to be seen if the market remains limited or if someone else jumps in to the pool. Alderson's strategy appears to be to let the market come back to the Mets. That strategy worked well for the Cleveland Indians last year, who signed Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to reasonable deals later in the offseason. It remains to be seen how it will work out for the Mets.
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