After the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million deal, the next move on the Mets’ agenda is to clear up their surplus of left-handed-hitting corner outfielders.
Although Jay Bruce has been mentioned as the most probable outfielder to be traded, Marc Carig of Newsday says that the Mets have fielded more calls about Curtis Granderson than Bruce. There has been increasing interest in both outfielders, who are heading into the final year of their contracts and are both reasonably affordable. Granderson will be making $15 million in 2017, with Bruce set to make $13 million. It appears that the Mets are open to moving either outfielder depending on the type of package they would receive in return.
Following the Cespedes signing, it is no shock that the Mets are discussing the possibility of moving one of their corner outfielders in order to open up more space, both on the roster and in the pocketbook. The Mets could look to get prospects back in return or maybe add depth to their bullpen, as they may be preparing for the likelihood of a Jeurys Familia domestic-violence suspension.
Granderson finished the 2016 season hitting .237/.335/.464 with 30 home runs and 59 RBIs, and Jay Bruce is coming off a 33 home run season where he hit .250/.309/.506, though he only hit .219 in a Mets uniform.