The Mets had a logjam in their outfield even before they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal worth $110 million.
Of those six, the Mets are shopping Granderson and Bruce the most, in part because of their contracts. Both outfielders have one year remaining on their deals, with Granderson owed $15 million and Bruce owed $13 million.
The two also finished the year hitting 30 or more home runs, with Granderson posting an AVG/OBP/SLG triple slash line of .237/.335/.464 and Bruce posting a line of .248/.309/.506.
The Mets are said to prefer trading Bruce over Granderson, but either could go in the right deal. Trading one of the two would provide relief in both payroll and roster flexibility, but are also reasons why the Mets are currently at a negotiating disadvantage. They have to trade one of them.
While Granderson and Bruce would be attractive to teams searching for a corner outfielder with pop, the free agent market already boasts several outfielders like Jose Bautista, Mark Trumbo, Ian Desmond, and Dexter Fowler, who have comparable skill sets.
Teams like the Boston Red Sox, who lost out on Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday, or the Baltimore Orioles, who seem likely to lose Trumbo to free agency, sound like obvious fits, but may not be motivated to deal until a few more hitters come off the board.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2016
The Mets have been connected to the Orioles as recently as Monday afternoon. The Orioles are interested in Granderson and have high-end relievers like Brad Brach and Mychal Givens that the Mets covet, but the Orioles reportedly have no desire to eat all of Grandy’s remaining $15 million.
Yes, #orioles like Granderson. No, they don’t like the $15 mil he’s owed. And they really like Brach in their ‘pen. Knew teams would pursue
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 5, 2016
The best course of action for the Mets and general manager Sandy Alderson would be to remain patient and let the market develop, even if it means going quietly at the Winter Meetings.