With the New York Yankees making a full-court press for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran to be their starting right fielder, they have essentially moved on from their right fielder from last year in Curtis Granderson.
Granderson was a free agent-to-be in 2013 and spent most of the year on the diasbled list with two separate broken hand injuries after being plunked on the hand in March and then again in late May, which is why he was only active for 61 games. Despite the limited time in his free agent season, it hasn't kept potential suitors away from pursuing him, especially after he declined the Yankees one-year qualifying offer for $14.1 million back in November.
The New York Mets have been one of the teams with the most reported interest in the 32-year-old outfielder and with their need to add offense to their lineup to help David Wright, it makes sense why they would have interest in Granderson for their team. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Monday that the Mets and their general manager Sandy Alderson met with the free agent outfielder on Sunday to discuss a potential deal.
"Sources: #Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met yesterday with free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson," he tweeted.
Before the injury-plagued 2013 season, Granderson was coming off back-to-back seasons where he hit over 40 home runs and drove in over 100 RBI for the Yankees; he hit 43 home runs and 106 RBI in 2012 and 41 home runs and 119 RBI in 2011; a season that lead to him finishing fourth in the American League MVP voting that season.
With Granderson, the Mets could see him as a potential fit to play in both center field and right field; as he played both with the Yankees; Granderson played mostly in center field until 2013, which is when Brett Gardner assumed the full-time duties out there and shifted Granderson to right when he returned from the DL. Granderson did return to center field late in the season when Gardner was placed on the DL with an oblique injury that ended his season.
Granderson's first option was always to return to the Yankees, but because they aren't as enthusiastic to offer him a multi-year deal in free agency, whereas a team like the Mets would, it was the reason why Granderson turned down the one-year offer from the Yankees for 2014 and potentially ended a four-year stint between both sides.
The Yankees had remained interested in Granderson, but moreso as a Plan B if the Beltran negotiations fell through, but considering the Yankees are the front runners right now to land Beltran, it takes them out of the mix for Granderson for the time being. Some have envisioned the Mets offering him a three-year deal worth around $36-39 million to seal the deal for Granderson and bring him from the Bronx over to Queens.
If the Mets were able to convince him to come to Queens, they would add an instant power bat who can bat anywhere in the lineup but more importantly, would also be adding a solid leader on the field and a positive clubhouse influence who can help the younger core of the Mets, plus add protection in the lineup for hitters like Wright and Daniel Murphy.
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