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Mets showing “preliminary interest” in Curtis Granderson

Nov 8, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

Curtis Granderson AP AP

In a report which should come as no surprise, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News passes along word that the Mets have shown “preliminary interest” in free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.

It would be more noteworthy if the Mets weren’t putting out some early feelers, as they are known to be on the lookout for outfield upgrades and Granderson won’t be nearly expensive as Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin Soo-Choo. The 32-year-old is expected to decline his qualifying offer from the Yankees to test free agency, so he will have draft pick compensation attached, but the Mets would only have to surrender their second-rounder since the club finished with one of the 10 worst records in baseball this past season.

Granderson was limited to just 61 games this season due to injury, but he hit 43 homers last season and 41 the year before. While he would have been looking at a bigger payday if he stayed healthy in his contract year, his power should still land him a nice contract. Our own Matthew Pouliot recently ranked him No. 8 on his top 150 list of free agents.

  1. chill1184 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Martino with his nameless sources BS again? Im shocked and even if it was true, Granderson reeks of Jason Bay redux. Let another team doll out an albatross for him.

  2. cackalackyank - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Do the Mets really need 200+ strikeouts a year? The fences are a little further away in Citi Field too.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      In 2012 Granderson hit 43 HR. Using this site, 6/43 wouldn’t have been HR in Citi Field and 2 would have been at the fence. At worst that’s still 36 HR which no one has hit at Citi Field so far…

      http://www.hittrackeronline.com/detail.php?id=2012_142&type=hitter

      (overlay Citi Field)

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Err 35, b/c I kan due math

      • bigharold - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Just say 36ish.

        Yeah he strikes out a lot but he he’ll bring power too which what one is generally looking for in a OFer. Also, Granderson is a solid citizen and intelligent. I always enjoyed his interviews because they weren’t the usual canned responses. Smart, likable, plays much better defense than people suggest, does well in big moments and hits for power. What’s not to like?

        I can see why he’s not a good fit for the Yankess right now but Granderson will be missed,… on the field and in the locker room.

  3. arrooo - Nov 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    K machine. No thank you

  4. happytwinsfan - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    damn granderson. just had to drive that ball off of liriano in the 2010 play offs (i think). yes, yes, banish him to the junior league!

  5. gloccamorra - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I love that term “preliminary” interest. It’s like they’re giving permission to include them in the rumors, but they’ll bide their time and see how much the market value is before bowing out. It’s for the fans, you see.

  6. DonRSD - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Keep the draft picks. Stay young and build via the draft.
    If you’re signing anyone, sign starting pitching.

    LETS GO METS!!!

  7. steincj36 - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Better defense? I love the guy, but his arm is so-so and he takes terrible first steps. Cost us a few times with balls he should have caught.

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