While Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce have both been mentioned as potential trade candidates, Jon Heyman says that rival executives have the impression that Granderson is not available.
The 29-year-old Bruce was acquired by the Mets over the summer and is set to earn $13 million in 2017. Heyman also reported last night that the Blue Jays have interest in Bruce but are so far “offering little.” In addition, Newsday’s Marc Carig reported that offers for Bruce have thus far been “underwhelming.”
Granderson’s name had been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Orioles. The Mets reportedly have interest in Baltimore relief pitcher Brad Brach, who’s coming off the best season of his career. He had a 2.05 ERA and 2.92 FIP last season, striking out 92 batters in 79 innings.
Bruce hit .250/.309/.506 with 33 home runs in 2016 with the Reds and Mets. Once he arrived in New York, though, he struggled, hitting just .219/.294/.391. Granderson, who will turn 36 in March, hit .237/.335/.464 last year with 30 home runs. While he began the season in the leadoff spot, Granderson moved down in the order once Jose Reyes returned to the Mets.