Winter Meetings: Orioles Trade Brad Brach for Curtis Granderson?

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Winter Meetings are in full effect today and the Baltimore Orioles are in trade talks with the New York Mets for a trade. 

The Mets are interested in a high-end reliever from the Orioles for outfielder Curtis Granderson. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are looking at Orioles setup man, Brad Brach:

There was also another report from MLB Trade Rumors where the Orioles have rejected the Mets offer:

The Mets offered one of Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce to the Orioles in exchange for “a high-end reliever,” ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin reports, though talks didn’t go anywhere.  Based on that description, one would think the Mets were asking about Brad Brach, Mychal Givens or maybe even ace closer Zach Britton.  While the O’s are indeed looking for right field help, it’s understandable why they didn’t accept that offer.

The Mets can forget about the moving Britton, who is the best closer in the game, pitching to a 0.54 ERA. Givens is most likely off-limits as well because of his youth and low price. Givens is only 26 years old and has a 2.75 ERA over two seasons in the Majors. He probably will be the Orioles’ closer of the future as well.

If the Orioles could cut a deal with the Mets for Granderson, it could mean that they are willing to move Brach. Brach started of at a blistering pace, having a 0.91 first half ERA. In the second half , Brach came back to Earth holding a 3.91 ERA.

Granderson has had a combined .241/.342/.436 slash line as a Met and he can offer a lot of power. Last season, he hit 30 home runs. As a lefty with power, he could easily give the O’s another player in the middle of the lineup who hits for power. He also holds a solid on-base percentage, which can come in handy for the Orioles, who are set to lose Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters.

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Born in Norfolk, VA and raised Baltimore, MD. Currently a college student at the University of Baltimore and formerly the sports editor of McDaniel College. Also a former intern of PressBox Online in Baltimore.

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