Monday, November 11, 2013
Mets acknowledge interest in Granderson
By Adam Rubin
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mets assistant GM John Ricco acknowledged the Mets have interest in Curtis Granderson, although Ricco said it was unclear if agent Matt Brown would be at the GM Meetings this week to have face-to-face dialogue.
Granderson declined a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Yankees on Monday.
Sandy Alderson is due to land in Orlando about 6 p.m., in time for a dinner that includes each team's front-office executives at 7:30 p.m.
"When I talked to [Brown] earlier last week, he wasn't sure if he was coming," Ricco said about contact with Granderson's agent. "He wasn't planning on coming at that time. Maybe he changed his mind.
"He's one of the guys we called. We've called dozens of players and their agents and talked to them. Matt is one of the guys we checked in with, but we don't have anything scheduled.
"Actually, I don't have anything scheduled with anybody until I meet with Sandy and line up our schedule."
As for meeting with Scott Boras, who represents Shin-Soo Choo and Stephen Drew, among others, Ricco said: "I've heard he's here. ...
"There was a lot of mixed answers when I called around to see who is going to be here and who wasn't [agent-wise]. We'll find out who's here and kind of line it up that way."
As for the Mets' lack of activity so far this offseason, Ricco added: "I don't think it's quiet. If you go back and look at the timing of the deals that have happened in the past, I'm sure you have a few that are done pre-GM Meetings. But a lot of times those are guys just re-signing with their old clubs. And then the GM Meetings are kind of a ground floor. You'll get more signings when we get out of here, through the winter meetings, and then obviously at the winter meetings.
"I think a lot of teams are just doing their due diligence like we are, talking with clubs. You're trying to balance the free agents that are out there and the trade opportunities. Until you start gathering that information, it's hard to start moving forward. And I think that's what all clubs are doing at this time."
The Mets would like to trade a first baseman. On that subject, Ricco said: "In the conversations I've had with teams, ... until you sit down face to face with them, a lot of it is just preliminary talk. But people look at our team and see we have a few players there, specifically [Lucas] Duda and [Ike] Davis, so we get questions. We'll have to figure out what route we're going to go with each of those guys."