The Baltimore Orioles already made one trade with the New York Mets this offseason. Could there be another trade between the two teams in the works?
Just last week, the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Mets engaged in a trade. One that sent Logan Verrett from the Big Apple to Camden Yards.
However, is it possible that the Orioles have their eyes on another New York Met?
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles are reportedly interested in Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson. This comes after the Mets signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 Million contract. With the trade of Cespedes, the Mets outfield has become crowded, making Granderson and Jay Bruce potential trade candidates.
The Orioles have shown some interest in Bruce, but the interest in Granderson is stronger. Despite that, the Orioles would like to re-sign their former right fielder Mark Trumbo. In addition, former San Francisco outfielder Angel Pagan is also on the Orioles radar, reports Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com.
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The Mets feel Granderson has more trade value than Bruce, since Granderson finished the season strong. Bruce struggled the moment he was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Mets last July.
Granderson’s best month was in September, where he hit .286/.400/.604 with eight home runs and 21 RBI’s. Bruce on the other hand hit .219/.294/.391 with eight homers and 19 RBI’s in 50 games.
Of course, there’s always a potential risk with the trade. What if the Orioles trade away a prized prospect for Granderson and he immediately ends up on the disabled list with some Spring Training fluke injury? Trust me, it’s happened to Granderson while he was with the New York Yankees.
Or what if Granderson chooses to have a down year with the Orioles in 2017? You know, because that would totally fit the trend the Orioles have been following these last few years.
Regardless, the Orioles need a right fielder. The Mets have one on the trade block. Could this be a match made in heaven?