Fired up by the return of Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets are prepared to move fast when it comes to a Curtis Granderson/Jay Bruce deal, reports Marc Carig of Newsday. The Orioles and Red Sox have both shown interest in Granderson, who appears to be drawing stronger interest than Bruce.
With Mets fans across the nation able to wear their Cespedes jerseys for four more years, the team has an abundance of bodies to put in the outfield. The Mets are in a position to add relievers, so dealing both outfielders to fill that need isn’t a stretch of the imagination.
After some midseason turbulence, Granderson finished 2016 with a slash line of .237/.335/.464 with 30 home runs and 130 strikeouts. He ended the season on a high note in September, with 8 home runs and 21 RBIs in that month alone. Granderson has one year and $15 million left on his contract with the Mets.
Bruce made his way to New York via this year’s trade deadline, when the Mets sent minor leaguers Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell to Cincinnati. While with the Mets, Bruce struggled to adjust to the New York stage, slashing .219/.294/.391 and 43 strikeouts. He still managed to put together a decent totals for his 2016 season as a whole, hitting .250/.309/.506, slugging 33 home runs and 99 RBIs. Bruce could be just the puzzle piece to fill the Mark Trumbo-sized hole in Baltimore’s outfield, if the O’s choose to pursue him as well.