MLB Trade Rumors: After Re-signing Cespedes, Mets Eyeing To Trade Bruce Or Granderson From Their Crowded Outfield?
After the New York Mets have re-signed their top player priority Yoenis Cespedes into a four-year contract worth $110 million in free agency, the team is looking forward to their next move as they will likely deal one of their outfielders in the following days.
Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Mets planned to play Cespedes in his preferred position which is in the left field, so the smart solution would be to trade either Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson to be able to have space in Mets' crowded outfield.
#Mets’ plan is Cespedes in LF. If they trade Bruce, Granderson/Lagares in CF, Conforto also. If they trade Grandy, Lagares/Conforto in CF.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 29, 2016
Based on ESPN, due to Mets granting Cespedes' wish of playing the left field, righty-hitting Lagares will share the duty in center field with Conforto or Granderson, if ever Granderson will not be traded.
According to NJ.com, the Mets received trade inquiries on Bruce, Granderson and Conforto this offseason but the Toronto Blue Jays are "making a push" for Bruce who they tried to take last spring. Both Bruce and Granderson can provide help on the corner outfield of the Blue Jays which gives the idea that either one of them might be dealt to Toronto.
Mets will look to trade an outfielder. Jay Bruce seems the most likely though I hear it’s still possible Curtis Granderson is who gets moved — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) November 29, 2016
curtis granderson is another lefthanded-hitting OF who interests the jays, along with fowler, who they love, & bruce
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 30, 2016
The 29-year-old Bruce will set to earn $13 million next year and will become a free agent after that season ends. He finished last season with a .250/.309/.506 slash line, 99 RBIs and 33 home runs in 147 games.
Meanwhile, Granderson will earn $15 million next season and will also become a free agent after his four year contract expires next season. He hit a combined .241/.342/.436 and averaging 25 homers per season.
Based on a MLBTradeandRumors' report, Granderson is better-equipped than Bruce in handling the center field and it should also be noted that Bruce's stint with the Mets was mostly a struggle for him. Because of this trade rumor that involves Bruce and Granderson, the Mets made it clear that Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares will not go anywhere.
Confronto is viewed as one of the Mets' future despite a rough second year season. He also struggled this season batting .220 with 12 homers and 42 RBI but the Mets have expressed confidence in his ability to bounce back next season.
Lagares finished the 2016 season with batting average of .239 in 142 at-bats in only 160 plate appearances while compiling 34 hits, nine RBIs, three home runs, 11 walks, 15 runs scored and striking out 27 times. Lagares suffered partially torn ligament in his left thumb on Jun. 4 which was the reason why his numbers dropped last season.
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