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Report: Talks between the Mets and Curtis Granderson have “intensified”

Dec 4, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

Curtis Granderson AP AP

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met with Curtis Granderson on Sunday and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source that talks between the two sides “intensified” late Tuesday. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that nothing is imminent, but that there’s increasing optimism that the Mets will land him.

According to Rubin, the Mets are hoping to get Granderson on a three-year contract. However, they are willing to concede a fourth year if need be. As of now, it’s unclear if he has received any four-year offers elsewhere.

Granderson turns 33 in March, so giving him four years would be a risk, but his power bat would be a solid fit in the middle of the Mets’ lineup. He hit just seven homers in 61 games in an injury-plagued season this year, but he amassed 84 home runs from 2011-2012.

  1. sdelmonte - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    It feels like the Mets are under pressure to sign Someone, Anyone. And while I agree that they need to be a bit more aggressive in the free agent market, I hate the idea that they have to be reactive to how the other team in town does things.

    I would rather they sign strategically than the Guy Who Used to Be a Yankee. Though his past tendencies to be a good OBP player does appeal to Alderson. But I think they should sign players who will play to the strengths of the park, guys with speed and defense instead of power.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 4, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      If you want speed, Rajai Davis is available for a lot less than Granderson.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      this is a good sign, Met fans deserve to have a Major League power hitting CF, this
      guy is classy and comes from good parenting and plays the game right and going
      from the Yankees to Mets will be easy, he can play and succeed in NY.

      get this done.

      merry x-mas, santa is coming to Flushing Queens!

    • peter1820 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      im not a met fan, im a red sox fan but i agree with you 100 pct. For some reason the Mets always feel…or maybe better said…met fans feel they have to have a marquis type guy. Here’s a few to ponder…how about signing a guy like nate mclouth…maybe adding an omar infante and a james loney or kevin youkilis. They could probably land all of them for what it’ll cost for granderson, and their team would be a lot better. the reason i say youkilis or loney is because it’s time to say bye bye to ike davis…he isn’t the answer

  2. mtr75 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I’m just. Waiting for what the excuse will be when this doesn’t happen. Believe me, fellow Mets fans, the last thing we have to worry about is the Mets going too crazy signing prized free agents.

  3. pastabelly - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    How valuable is Granderson without that short porch in RF at Yankee Stadium? Buyer beware on him.

    • tsi431 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Not an issue. Still well over 30 homeruns for 2011 and 2012 according to hit tracker.

    • theRed - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      I’ll also add he hit was averaging 25-30hr/year at Comerica park. Buyers beware, but not for the reason you are stating.

  4. darthicarus - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    I like to think when talks “intensify” it means both parties start talking really loud & pounding on the table unnecessarily.

    • southofheaven81 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      “The whole damn SYSTEM is out of order!!!’

    • deathmonkey41 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Apparently it’s happening in 9 more cities.

  5. xdj511 - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Just keep saying to yourself… this signing won’t turn out to be just like Jason Bay… this signing won’t turn out to be just like Jason Bay…

  6. American of African Descent - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Cano would be the better long term signing for the Mets — in fact, he can be this generation’s Keith Hernandez. Cano plays fine defense, has a premium bat, and is a perennial MVP contender. If you’re going to sign a big name free agent, might as well go all out, right?

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      if the Wilpons show some ballz and offers Cano 5yrs@125 mil cold cash they will make
      the Yankees sheet themselves and take over the talk of the town!

      • pastabelly - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        5/125 is laughable. He’ll get more years and more $ per year. Cano could get that from a couple of dozen teams.

      • anxovies - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        The Yankees would sign him to that deal in a New York minute if he would take it.

      • jfk69 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        and at 36. who will then pay him the rest

  7. mattinglyschmidt - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    As recently as 2011 he was a 25 steal guy. Not saying he’s Jacoby Ellsbury 😉 but he can be a decent power-speed guy.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Pasta, well why haven’t you named the teams that are offering all this yrs and money to Roc Nation for Cano, I think Pastabelly is Jay Z, Jigga is that you?

    • peter1820 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      oh how right you are lol. he’s no ellsbury. how old is ells? 30 right. ellsbury won’t be ellsbury in three years either. problem is he won’t be hitting 30 homers either lol

  8. bygd1 - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Cano is lazy lots of ability, but tired of seeing him dog out runs to 1st not worth big money

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      lazy, he is smooth and he does things without a whole lot of effort, get real.

      • yankeefan1950 - Dec 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        No, he’s lazy. On more than one occasion he’s “run” doubles into singles because he thought a ball he hit was going out and he’s NEVER run out a ground ball or popup. He does do things without a whole lot of effort, he also does nothing that requires a lot of effort. I’m no fan of Michael Kay but I’ve always applauded him for calling out Cano on the YES network for his lack of hustle.

  9. johnnysoda - Dec 4, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Once Ellsbury signed with the Yankees, I knew the Grandymans’ time in the Bronx was done. However, I’m not sure if I could handle the surrealness of him signing with the cross-town team; it would be a little strange.

    • jfk69 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      The Yankees will still get the press if he signs with the Mets. Now you know why the Mets hate signing ex Yankee players. It is a paradox.

  10. bh0673 - Dec 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    The issue here is whether CitiField will turn a lot of Grandersons home runs into fly ball outs. Between his strike outs and the dimensions of CitiField compared to Yankee Stadium I don’t see it to be a good fit.

    • thebadguyswon - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      The Mets are so power devoid, even if he hits 20-25 HR a year, its a massive upgrade.

  11. greej1938l - Dec 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    He comes from good parenting hahaha

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      hahhahahahaha what?
      watch the Yankee Entertainment Station and watch the interviews.
      I don’t know why you are laughing, maybe you are mentally ill and laugh
      like a mad person fro no reason.

  12. jfk69 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    The Mets are running out of outfielders to sign on the cheap. it is now or never. A small Xmas present for their faithful. Or two lumps of coal and rock bands after their Triple AAA games

  13. voidhelix - Dec 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Alderson`s the grand-daddy of OBP worshipers, Granderson has an OBP of .318 the past two years and at his age his tools are in decline. Even on a short-deal this makes no sense. Dealing for Dexter Fowler would`ve been smarter.

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