In a continued effort to find an outfielder, the Orioles may look to a former rival to help them.
Curtis Granderson, who currently plays for the New York Mets, has been reported to be a player that the Orioles have some interest in. This is according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports:
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 1, 2016
Granderson most famously played four seasons for the New York Yankees, a bitter AL East rival. Last season with the Mets, the Grandy Man hit 30 home runs last season, which isn’t too bad for a 35-year old outfieder. Granderson also had a slash line of .237/.335/.464 in 2016. His bat could add a bit more power from the left-handed side of the plate for Baltimore.
While Jay Bruce has long been assumed to be the most likely Mets outfielder to be traded away this offseason, a source this week said that Curtis Granderson has received more interest in trade talks thus far.
That has left the Mets open to the possibility of dealing Granderson instead of Bruce, with their decision hinging partly on potential returns.
Either way, after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract, the top priority for the Mets is now reducing their glut of lefthanded hitting corner outfielders. And team officials are expecting an uptick of trade talks regarding both Bruce and Granderson leading up to next week’s winter meetings.
A deal could bring back prospects or even a controllable bullpen piece for the Mets, who could use some added depth with closer Jeurys Familia likely facing a suspension related to a domestic violence arrest earlier this offseason.
The 35-year old is currently under contract with the New York Mets, so the Orioles would have to trade a prospect or two to acquire his services. He will make $15 million next season, unless the Mets eat some of his contract. Having that large of a contract, along with declining production, could hurt Granderson’s trade probability.