Due to his current hot streak, teams are reportedly again becoming interested in acquiring Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, sources recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma.
Granderson struggled in April and July, did well in May and June, and is hitting .286 with five home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI, with a .271 BABIP in 11 games during July.
According to Puma, the Nationals, who may be looking to replace the injured Bryce Harper, had a scout at Yankee Stadium on Monday.
The Brewers, who acquired Neil Walker from the Mets this past weekend, reportedly had interest in Granderson prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Dec. 10, 2013: Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson introduce Granderson (Credit: Associated Press, MLB.com)
In the last two weeks, the Mets have acquired pitching prospects for veterans Addison Reed, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Walker, all of whom have contracts that expire at the end of this season.
The Mets signed Granderson to a four-year deal worth $60 million prior to the 2014 season. He now has just roughly $4 million remaining on his salary for this season, after which he's hinted at potentially retiring.
Granderson has said he may consider a post-playing career in media or baseball management, including hearing out Derek Jeter, who was part of the new group that purchased the Marlins.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): The Nationals do not play the Yankees, so it stands to reason Puma is correct in assuming their scout was in town for trade purposes. I'd have no issue sending Granderson to D.C., since it would likely pull at least one minor leaguer out of their system and send him to the Mets. I doubt it'd be anyone of significance, but one less player is one less player and one less chance the guy pans out for them. And, if he does pan out, he'll be on the Mets.
At the same time, Granderson is not likely to be back in D.C. next season, when a Mets-Nationals on-field rivalry will matter again. Lastly, unlike dealing a key player to the Yankees and having to hear from their fans if it blows up in Sandy Alderson's face, I don't know any Nationals fans.
Speaking of the Yankees, I hope they're also considering Granderson, who would be a solid DH option for them. Also, seeing Granderson, who they know so well, hit in Yankee Stadium as he did Monday should further entice them, right? The thing is, for whatever reason you choose to believe, the Mets have clearly been reluctant in dealing players to the Yankees, having reportedly rejected their attempts to get Duda, Reed, and Walker. So, why would things be different with Granderson, unless of course they're the only legit option left at the table.