Mets OF Curtis Granderson is looking forward to the challenge of playing centerfield this season and said that it "would be cool" to return to the Mets in 2018, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.
"I look forward to this challenge," he said. "Having [coach Tom Goodwin] helps me with that plan, having [Yoenis] Cespedes and [Juan Lagares] and [Jay] Bruce out there helps me with the plan. I know I am not Lagares. He is in a world of his own and has got a Gold Glove to prove it, but watching him do certain things helps me."
Granderson, who turned 36 on Thursday, indicated that he plans to remain humble as he nears the latter end of his career.
"There's no 'I got to get that,' I'm not Kelly Leak,'' Granderson said, referring to the athletic but outspoken character from "Bad News Bears."
Granderson is in the final year of a four-year, $60 million contract with the Mets. In 2016, hit .237 with 30 home runs -- the most since he hit 43 home runs for the Yankees in 2012.
"It would be cool to come back,'' Granderson said. "I'm not on the front-office side and there are a lot of guys who have the potential to play [the outfield].
Granderson is hitting .323 in 31 at-bats this spring, with one home run.